My Plastic-free Life - Topic: Hankies Simple:Press Version 5.6.7 Clear Marie on Hankies Plastic-free Alternatives Yes regular pinned nappies/diapers .. My oldest child is 21, so half were bought then, and the rest when I had my now 11yr old :P 


I'm in New Zealand so my sources probably won't help you but hopefully Beth's do .. If not, I'd suggest picking up a 2nd hand bed-sheet, or flannelette shirts work well too (anything soft & absorbent), giving them a good hot wash to kill bacteria, then chop it up and you'll have more hankies than you could ever need ..

Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:25:49 -0700
Beth Terry on Hankies Plastic-free Alternatives Hi Jeannemara.  Do you mean flat diapers?  Here's a link to some info and options:


But I'll bet you could find them secondhand.  Try the "Prefolds & Flats" forum on Diaper Swappers:


Or you could try requesting them locally through Craigslist or Freecycle.

(I owe any diaper knowledge I have to Calley Pate from The Eco Chic blog because she filled me in on all of this when I was writing my book.  There are more cloth diaper resources listed in the book, by the way.)

Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:10:43 -0700
jeannemara on Hankies Plastic-free Alternatives Marie, are your cloth diapers the "old fashioned" kind? A square of material that gets pinned? If so, where did you find them? I have been searching for that type and cannot find them anywhere.

Wed, 11 Jul 2012 04:57:34 -0700
Clear Marie on Hankies Plastic-free Alternatives We use (cut up) old bed sheets & cloth diapers - don't worry, they're thoroughly cleaned! Smile

Fri, 29 Jun 2012 20:11:51 -0700
S.Assilem on Hankies Plastic-free Alternatives I cut up old t-shirts - they're soft and they don't unravel in the wash, so you don't need to hem them Laugh.  I just double 'em up if I'm really snotty. 

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 22:11:59 -0800
electrofriend2000 on Hankies Plastic-free Alternatives I just read this old post about hankies. I was able to buy a few from a thrift store along with a couple of new ones. All of them leaked onto my hand during a really bad cold. I recommend a thicker organic cotton material. Then I bought a hankie from a website that sells material feminine products that absorbs really well. I think that it would be much cheaper to buy the material off the bolt at a material store.

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 11:46:10 -0800
julsie on Hankies Plastic-free Alternatives You could go to any fabric store and feel the inventory until you find something that would be soft and smooth against your face.  Yardage is packaging-free!

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 16:27:44 -0700
AliceMartel on Hankies Plastic-free Alternatives Thanks for the links!  So many posts you don't know where to look!  Hehe.

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 10:20:38 -0700
Beth Terry on Hankies Plastic-free Alternatives Alice, check out all the comments in these two posts.  Tons of ideas:





Wed, 21 Sep 2011 11:21:25 -0700
AliceMartel on Hankies Plastic-free Alternatives I was wondering, if I can't find hankies in thrift stores or antique shops, I guess I could make some?

The website says that old bandanas and pillow cases can be used...what other fabric could I use?

Too bad I didn't keep my mom's old fabrics - everything was donated to Centraide (it's like Good Will) - well at least it wasn't wasted.

Tue, 20 Sep 2011 21:06:31 -0700