Re-using any handkerchief is greener than throwing away tissues all the time. We've put together a list of hankies made of more sustainable materials such as bamboo and organic cotton. That way we can be that bit kinder to the planet.

TOP TIP: When washing your reusable handkerchiefs it's more eco-friendly to wash at 30 degrees. It's also much greener to hang items to dry instead of using tumble driers where possible.

When your handkerchief comes to the end of its life make sure it's disposed of properly in a clothing bank or clothes recycling unit. You could even reuse it as a surface cleaning cloth!


TOP TIP: If you have a local zero waste shop it's a great idea to support these eco-friendly businesses before shopping in big high street retailers.

More eco-friendly handkerchiefs are yet to become popular on the high street though there are some appearing here and there. Look out for those made with organic cotton or even better, bamboo.

 Handkerchiefs can be found in most supermarkets with clothing sections and department stores though these often come in plastic packaging.


TOP TIP: If you're shopping online and buying more than one item then it's more eco-friendly ordering all items from the same website in one order to reduce the environmental impact of packaging and delivery. 

Plastic Freedom stock handkerchiefs made from organic cotton. They also plant one tree for every order made.

Boobalou have a selection of cotton hanky books, a handy invention which folds up like a book to stop your hands and pocket getting dirty!

Wearth London sell adult and children's sized handkerchiefs made from cotton.

Peace With The Wild stock cotton handkerchiefs.