Did you catch this? (Hat tip: Reader Wade) In addition to her one toilet square paper-per-sitting quota, eco-zealot Sheryl Crow also advocates “dining sleeves” to replace napkins. Seriously:
I also like the idea of not using paper napkins, which happen to be made from virgin wood and represent the height of wastefulness. I have designed a clothing line that has what’s called a “dining sleeve.” The sleeve is detachable and can be replaced with another “dining sleeve,” after usage. The design will offer the “diner” the convenience of wiping his mouth on his sleeve rather than throwing out yet another barely used paper product. I think this idea could also translate quite well to those suffering with an annoying head cold.
Uh, Sheryl. Have you taken into account the extra water and energy that would be expended to launder all of these dirty “dining sleeves?” Perhaps there are messy eater offsets for sale to take care of these added environmental impacts…
Someone please tell me this was all a joke.
Update: Laura Ingraham quips on her radio show this morning, “You know how liberals are always telling us to stay out of their bedrooms? Well, we should start telling them, ‘Stay out of our bathrooms!’ Talk about a Nanny State…”
Reader Daniel quips:
If that one square of TP isn’t enough, those sleeves could come in handy.
Another reader D.D. e-mails:
This is yet another example of how manners get elbowed out by faux environmentalism.
My parents spent the better part of my childhood teaching me to NOT use my sleeve as a napkin.
Now she’ll probably have us stop saying “Please and Thank You” because every time we talk, we release dangerous CO2 into the air. You know, that’s a good idea. Ms. Crow…shush!
Don’t forget the health hazard presented by folks walking around all day with their snotty, food crusted sleeves; perhaps Sheryl has never heard of a handkerchief?
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Hi Michelle –
About Sheryl Crow: Wasn’t that why The King of France had buttons added to sleeves to keep men from wiping their noses on their sleeves?
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