Just today, I saw a news story about the terrible drought in Australia (for those who may not have understood the comment Dragoriana made about saving cold water in a bucket to conserve -- they're suffering a crippling water shortage down there), and of course we've had some bad droughts here in Texas, too... though nothing on that scale (yet).
My point is that there are times and places when paper (NOT STYROFOAM, but readily biodegradable paper) plates are actually much better
for the environment than using extra water to wash dishes. I always feed the kitties on the little six-inch paper plates, and I use the larger ones often for myself, as well.
But I haven't forgotten how to serve a nice meal on real china. So please don't sic your mom on me, lookinglass!