Reusable handkerchiefs

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


In addition to nursing pads, bibs, changing mats, baby blankets as well as wet wipes, you will also find our handkerchiefs in the shop. We only use the finest materials that we use for our cloth diapers - they are thoroughly tested and long lasting.

Why they are much more sustainable, healthier and practical than paper handkerchiefs and napkins, you can find out here.


Sustainable nose cleaning?

Paper- versus cloth handkerchief.

At the latest when you attract your baby with great pleasure cloth diapers, you start to deal with 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 total madness to produce garbage with articles that are also available as washable and therefore reusable and durable alternatives? Exactly with these questions we have entered the topic and in close cooperation with our customers we have developed products, which are as practical as our diaper system but just as beautiful. So are our handkerchiefs.

We have looked into the sustainability of using tissue handkerchiefs instead of disposable handkerchiefs.


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Handkerchiefs and napkins are among the so-called hygiene papers. This also includes toilet paper, paper towels, cosmetic wipes, kitchen towels, cleaning cloths and tissues (e. g. for the medical sector). In Germany, every person consumes just under 15 kilograms of tissue paper per year. According to a WWF study, the trend is rising. At 13 kilograms, European per capita consumption is four times the global average. In total, Europeans reach 5.5 million tons of toilet paper a year - that's approximately 22 billion rolls of toilet paper."

"We flush our forests into the toilet with it", criticizes the Federal Environment Agency. As a rule, hygiene papers are only used once and are then lost to the paper cycle via the sewerage system or disposal. Actually, manufacturers should be encouraged to produce more products from waste paper. There are also high-quality alternatives made of recycled paper for all types of hygienic paper. However, not all manufacturers guarantee that 100% recovered paper was actually used in the production process and that no hazardous chemicals were used...


The production of paper handkerchiefs and napkins requires a lot of wood, energy and water. The raw material is pulp, which is extracted from lignin present in the wood. Lignin is a kind of glue that holds the wood together. Solvents are required for the removal of lignin, whose hazardous substances, according to the Federal Environment Agency, partly enter our waters...

Almost every second felled tree is used for paper products! The pulp from softwoods provides tear strength for handkerchiefs, whereas hardwoods have a better absorbency. Wood is harvested in natural forests and plantations all over the world - and, according to WWF, partly illegally or not sustainably. To make the handkerchiefs more "fluffy", renowned manufacturers rely primarily on eucalyptus pulp from Brazil. The original rainforest has to be replaced by eucalyptus monocultures for the production of tissue paper. As a result, the indigenous population is displaced and rivers and wells dry out through the plantations.

The pages of the Federal Environment Agency say so:

"57 percent of the paper, board, cardboard and more than 80 percent of the pulp used for the German paper industry comes from abroad - an increasing proportion of which comes 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 hygiene 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" (Atlantic rainforest) covered large parts of the state of Espírito Santo. Today, only ten million hectares have been preserved there. This corresponds to 7.5 percent of the original stock. Instead, there are now twice as many plantations as natural forests. The pulp and paper industry was instrumental in this development."


According to the Federal Environment Agency, the eco-balance is also negative in the production of virgin fibre paper: twice as much energy is needed as in the production of recycled paper, which also causes more emissions.

For this reason, hygienic papers should only consist of secondary fibres of medium and lower waste paper qualities that have already been recycled several times," advises the Federal Environment Agency. "These are waste papers, which account for more than 85 percent of the waste paper volume. The use of these recovered paper qualities is a decisive factor in increasing the number of reuses of a paper fiber and thus reducing the pressure on wood as a resource."

However, it is even better to use paper-free alternatives such as washable tissue handkerchiefs, cloth towels and cloth napkins or wipes. Even if the production of cotton fibres consumes high emissions and water and energy consumption during washing and drying is high, the alternatives to paper hygiene products are still more attractive. The life expectancy of a tissue handkerchief is simply much longer! If organic cotton or hemp fibres are used, the CO2 balance is reduced many times over.

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The cultural history of the handkerchief is also quite exciting. :) Did you know that the handkerchief was still regarded as a luxury item around 1450? You can read more about this on Wikipedia.




The handkerchiefs of the WindelManufaktur.

Our handkerchiefs are available in different designs and sizes. They are made of 100% cotton and are washable at 60°C.


The handkerchief sets always consist of five handkerchiefs. In the shop you will find not only assorted sets but also our lovingly arranged mixed sets with different colours and motifs.

 Have fun browsing and discovering :)

For every occasion.

Wherever handkerchiefs can be used.


The handkerchief is not only a faithful companion in the case of colds, but also at weddings, mourning or closing ceremonies. His skills don't end with blowing his nose, tearing or sweating. It is also suitable as a padding for unclean seats, small wounds can be connected to it, moistened and with knots in the corners it is comfortable to wear on your head in the heat, picked cherries or a few mushrooms from the roadside can be easily transported in it, boiled food can be strained off and so much more. Even with mommy's spit, it's much better than a wet wipe!

For special occasions.

With our tears of joy handkerchiefs you can dance at any wedding.

Soon you'll be celebrating a wedding and your bridesmaids will need the right accessories to dab their tears of joy? Then our delicate handkerchiefs made of white and pink tulle and one with a pretty rose print are just the thing for this emotional occasion.

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Or are you more into gothic-style weddings? Then you'll love our little tearcloths in black! They are also suitable for the less pleasant moments in life: a funeral or times in sorrow.

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Are you a supporter of good old handkerchiefs, too? Feel free to write us in the comments why you prefer them. Thank you very much. :)