For those wondering why the napkins look different: no bleach or additional dyes are used. "That’s what gives them that light brown, natural look," explains the expert from the Volkswagen Service Factory, visibly pleased. The manufacturer also uses recycled cardboard to deliver the napkins. The plastic packaging used to protect the napkins from moisture in the boxes is made of up to 85 percent sugarcane. This kind of bioplastic is more environmentally friendly than many alternatives made of the usual plastic, says Schmidt. To cafeteria patrons she says, "Give them a try. See if you can get by with just one napkin, even if they are relatively thin." That would contribute even more to protecting our environment, plus it would save on cost.