For example, if we bought disposable napkins, we would spend a couple of bucks for hundreds of them.
Instead, we're going with cloth napkins. Actually, we're splurging on cloth napkins. We didn't splurge on the photograph stamps I wanted for the invitations or my dress (only $15!) or anything else (except the compostable dinnerware).
But we decided to buy four yards of fabric (bird fabric, since we've got a "Birds of a Feather" theme going on). Our plan is to make 8"x8" napkins. If I've done the calculations correctly, we'll get nearly a hundred out of our four yards. But each yard was close to $10. With shipping, we spent around $50 total.
Oh well. It's worth it. Using cloth napkins (and cloth towels, rags, etc.) is a huge step in the right direction for the environment. Our American addiction to convenience wreaks havoc on the environment. In my mind, paper towels and napkins are completely unnecessary. At home, we use dish towels to dry our hands and old rags to clean up messes (even really gross doggie messes). I haven't had a paper towel or paper napkin in my house for years.
And I'm an extreme case. I don't use paper towels in public restrooms either. I've been letting my hands drip dry for seven years. It really isn't a big deal.
So maybe the cloth wedding napkins will inspire people to start using them at home? Maybe we should give them away at the end of the weekend? (We've already assigned one of our friends to laundry duty.)