AN EXECUTIVE at a napkin manufacturer has said he has ‘no idea’ why so-called zigzag napkins are still sold in Spain.

Pablo Aguilella, who works for Caricias, was referring to the serviettes typical of Spanish bars, which are wafer-thin and glazed on one side.

The napkins are notorious for performing such a poor job of mopping up mess they are referred to as ‘anti-napkins’ in Spain, according to El Pais.

“Let me tell you right now, I have no idea why these are still sold,” Aguilella said.

ANTI-NAPKINS: The popular Spanish style of zigzag napkins do a poor job of mopping liquids and cleaning up

“There are cheaper alternatives, such as cellulose tissue, which actually dries and cleans.”

Aguilella suggested their enduring popularity was more to do with look, than price or function.

“Each bar personalises the napkins with their own logo, which happens to look better on glazed paper.”

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