A common feature of Sri Lankan restaurants; catch up on recent headlines while waiting for the meal to arrive, and then clean off with your “read it” pile afterwards. The small amounts of black ink-residue that comes off of the paper is worth the active participation in this great recycling/repurposing. Could this be adopted to work in developed contexts, or would most people never willingly wipe their hands with a newspaper instead of a napkin? If it were discovered that there were a modification to newspaper ink that prevented it from coming off the paper, would restaurants adopt news-napkins? Far more distinguishing/novel than using regular old recycled paper napkins, plus the bonus of that news/information packaged into your dining experience.
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