Making a case for using paper plates, bowls, cups, forks and spoons...I'm sure some will agree and some disagree. I've seen this discussion before, I'm sure others have their opinions and I've made up my mind: I'm going to buy a lot of plastic cups, paper plates and bowls, and tons of disposable forks, spoons and knives. I'm going to buy a mix of cheapie and higher quality items from a resturant supply place. I'm even going to go as far as buy lots of those flimsy disposable cake, loaf and pie pans. Here's my rationale: To properly clean glasses, bowls, plates, forks and spoons I need water, lots of water, some of it hot and some of it warm and all of it potable. That's a waste of energy to heat the water and that uses a considerable amount of water that could better be used drinking and hygiene. I'm not one of those folks who half asses cleaning dishes, and I'm not going to do silly unnecessarily and inadequate stuff like use sand. If there's pouring rain outside, I'll take advantage of that to do some cleaning, but for the most part, I'm going with throwaway. Down the road I might have to resort to other items, but for the most part, when water is cut off and the power is down, I'm going to rely upon some cooking vessels that need cleaning but for the most part, I'm going with disposable stuff. It's cheap and widely available now. I've got room for storage and it doesn't take much to buy a variety of items. If someone has the opinion that he or she would rather spend the money buying more food and the nominal cost of buying for preps disposable cups, plates, bowls, forks and spoons is so burdensome then he or she has the wrong focus because that person isn't making it now and perhaps the focus should be on the here and now. As for disposing of the resulting garbage from this practice, I'm planning on burning most of it, and I'm doing it outside...again, if there's any officials available to enforce burn bans, well, then it's not an emergency and we're not there yet and order will be restored so there's no problem there. The last consideration: It's not eco sustainable. So what! I'm not eco silly. I'm not living my life to recycle and sweating the sustainable. I'm living. I'm living my life with pragmatic considerations and a focus on what I wish to focus upon. My recycling will be when it's utterly practical. For example, some canned food items like french cut green beans, corn and beets leave little residue and the cans can be quickly rinsed and then placed on the fire to 'sanitize' with heat that's still there. I can use those cans for cooking some odd items like various breads that can be scooped out of there, improvised soups, expanding portions of dried beans and soaking grains, etc. In fact, this is how I'm considering cooking my whole wheat berries and bulgur wheat when used as a hot cereal.