We got this email from a reader:
If you have suggestions for sustainable potlucks, put them up. The waste generated by so many disposables really bothers me. I'm sure the paper plates, plastic "silver"ware, and plastic cups I've used and tossed at potlucks over the years adds up to a shamefully large number.
I have been to some eco-potlucks where people bring their own reusable utensils, and just tote them home to wash. It's a great idea. It takes a lot of promoting and reminding for people to adopt this habit, but it's defnitely an eco-mitzvah.