Here is another question. Why would someone buy non-washable placemats?
You know what I am talking about. The bamboo placemats with all those little crevices just waiting for gunk. Or fancy cloth placemats that can't be washed. This is the penultimate example of form over function. Isn't it? I did a very brief search of placemat history and I can't figure out where they originated from. I assume it was to protect the table from food and scratches, you know, when they used to build things to last so we took care of them. So if my assumption is correct then the placemat is designed to catch food spills, so shouldn't it be washable?
Down with non-washable placemats!!!