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Handkerchiefs

OUR CLOTH HANDKERCHIEFS

FOR LITTLE AND BIG SNIFFLY NOSES

Cloth handkerchiefs are not only incredibly practical but can also be beautiful! In unusual and sweet designs, they make the cold and hay fever season a little bit more bearable for small and big sniffly noses.

For the production of our handkerchiefs we only use the finest materials, which we also use for our cloth diapers - they are extensively tested and can be used for a long time.

THE WINDELMANUFAKTUR HANDKERCHIEFS 

Our cloth handkerchiefs are available in various designs. They are made of 100% cotton and can be washed at 60 °C.

The handkerchief sets always consist of three, four or five handkerchiefs. In our shop, you will find not only pure sets but also our lovingly compiled mixed sets with different colours and motifs.

They measure approx. 28 x 28 cm and fit into any trouser or shirt pocket.

You can also find individual fabric designs in a larger format as napkins in our shop.

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Do you already know our wet wipes and household towels made of cotton flannel?

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FIND OUT WHY CLOTH HANDKERCHIEFS ARE MORE SUSTAINABLE, HEALTHIER AND MORE PRACTICAL THAN PAPER HANDKERCHIEFS

SUSTAINABLE NOSE BLOWING? PAPER VERSUS CLOTH TISSUES.

At the latest when you happily put cloth diapers on your baby, you start to think about related, sustainable products. Where can I do without disposable items in my everyday life? How can I do something good for my skin? Isn't it totally insane to produce waste with articles that are also available as washable and thus reusable and durable alternatives? These are exactly the questions we started asking ourselves and, in close cooperation with our customers, we have developed products that, like our diaper system, are super practical but just as beautiful. Our handkerchiefs are no exception.

We did some research to find out how sustainable the use of cloth handkerchiefs is compared to disposable handkerchiefs.

HANDKERCHIEF CONSUMPTION

Handkerchiefs and napkins are sanitary papers. They also include toilet paper, paper towels, cosmetic tissues, household towels, kitchen towels, cleaning cloths and drapes (e.g., for medical use). In Germany, each person consumes just under 15 kilograms of sanitary paper per year. According to a WWF study, the trend is rising. "At 13 kilos, European per capita consumption is four times higher than the global average. In total, this brings Europeans to 5.5 million tons a year - the equivalent of about 22 billion rolls of toilet paper."

"We are flushing our forests down the toilet" criticises the Federal Environment Agency. "This is because sanitary paper is usually only used once and is then lost to the paper cycle via the sewage system or disposal." Actually, manufacturers should be encouraged to produce more products from waste paper. For every type of sanitary paper, there are also high-quality alternatives made from recycled paper. However, not all manufacturers guarantee that 100% recycled paper was used in the production process and that no hazardous chemicals were used...

HANDKERCHIEF PRODUCTION

The production of paper handkerchiefs and napkins requires a lot of wood, energy and water. The raw material is pulp, and the lignin present in the wood is removed during its extraction. Lignin is a kind of glue that holds the wood together. Solvents are needed to dissolve the lignin, and according to the Federal Environment Agency, some of the hazardous substances from these solvents end up in our waterways...

Almost every second felled tree is used for paper products! The pulp of coniferous woods provides the tensile strength of handkerchiefs, while that of hardwoods provides the absorbency. The wood is felled all over the world - and according to the WWF, partly illegally or unsustainably - in natural forests and plantations. To make the handkerchiefs "fluffier", well-known manufacturers primarily use eucalyptus pulp from Brazil. The original rainforest has to give way in order to replace it with eucalyptus monocultures for the production of tissue paper. As a result, the indigenous population is displaced and rivers and wells dry up due to the plantations.

The pages of the Federal Environment Agency state:

"(...) 57 percent of the paper, cardboard, paperboard consumed and over 80 percent of the pulp for the German paper industry comes from abroad - an increasing proportion from plantations in developing and emerging countries. In the southern countries, massive problems are often caused by the cultivation and production of pulp. More and more paper fibres for the German tissue paper market come from Brazil - also from ecologically controversial plantations. In the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo, thousands of hectares of rainforest have been cleared by pulp companies such as FIBRA (formerly Aracruz) and replaced by eucalyptus plantations. Originally, the "Mata Atlântica" (the Atlantic Rainforest) covered large parts of the state of Espírito Santo. Today, only ten million hectares remain there. This corresponds to 7.5 percent of the original stand. Instead, there are now twice as many plantations as natural forests. The pulp and paper industry has been instrumental in this development."

LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT OF HANDKERCHIEFS

According to the Federal Environment Agency, the life cycle assessment for the production of virgin fibre paper is also negative: Twice as much energy is needed as in the production of recycled paper, which also causes more emissions.

 

"For this reason, sanitary papers should be made exclusively from secondary fibres of medium and lower waste paper qualities that have already been recycled several times," advises the Federal Environment Agency. "These are recovered papers that account for more than 85 per cent of the waste paper volume. The use of these recovered paper qualities contributes decisively to increasing the number of times a paper fibre can be reused, thus reducing the pressure on wood as a resource."

But it is even better to use paper-free alternatives such as washable cloth handkerchiefs, cloth towels and cloth napkins or household towels. Even though the extraction of cotton fibres consumes high emissions and the water and energy used in washing and drying, the fabric alternatives win out over paper hygiene products. The life expectancy of a cloth handkerchief is simply much longer! If organic cotton or hemp fibres are used, the CO2 balance is reduced many times over.

The cultural history of the handkerchief is also quite exciting! :) Did you know that the handkerchief was still considered a luxury item around 1450?

FOR EVERY OCCASION

WHAT ELSE YOU CAN USE HANDKERCHIEFS FOR

The handkerchief is a true companion not only for the common cold, but also for weddings, mourning or graduation ceremonies. Its capabilities do not end with blowing the nose, dabbing tears or wiping sweat. It can also be used as an underlay for dirty seats, to dress small wounds, moistened and with knots in the corners it can be worn comfortably on the head in the heat, cherries picked or a few mushrooms from the wayside can be transported well in it, cooked food can be strained and much more. Even with mum's spit, it's a hell of a lot better than a wet wipe.

FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS

WITH OUR HANDKERCHIEFS FOR TEARS OF JOY YOU CAN DANCE AT ANY WEDDING

You're celebrating a wedding soon and your bridesmaids still need the right accessory to dab away their tears of joy? Then our delicate handkerchiefs in white and pink tulle with a pretty rose print are just the thing for this emotional occasion.

Or are you more into gothic weddings? Then you'll love our tear sheets in black! They're also great for the less happy moments in life: Funerals and times of mourning.