Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.
Easier said that done… I know… I have tried to impliment this in my home several times and have failed miserably every time.
Why? Paper napkins waste paper, cause pollution and can cause chemicals to go into our water supply by the process used to bleach the paper for white napkins. Paper napkins also take up landfill space and create emissions when being delivered to your local store (and you local landfill).
I admit this will require a change in mindset at your house everyone is going to want to use their tidy disposable napkins every night rather than reusing a cloth napkin for a night or two (assuming you do not have a super messy dinner). You can buy some cloth napkins at any Bed Bath and Beyond, Target or if you are so inclined Pottery Barn or William Sonoma. You can also sew them pretty easily with any fabric that you like (see link to directions below from Design Sponge).
It is a great way to make your home made dinner classy. We have all neglicted the family dinner for years now the cloth napkin is a way to remind ourselves that we are cool and saving the environment.
I encourage you try this for even just a week I think you will find it is quite enjoyable. Once you are comfortable with it you can go get more cloth napkins so that you can just throw them into your normal wash.
For directions on how to make your own cloth napkins go to Design Sponge here. The picture above is from their post on how to make your own napkins.