Which is greener, using paper plates, or washing dishes 3 times daily?

I have a family of four, and we have 3 meals daily at home. My husband and I are debating which method is "greener". I believe that it's better for the environment AND cheaper to just use real dishes and wash them after using. My husband thinks that the power needed to heat water for dishwashing is equally as bad... show more I have a family of four, and we have 3 meals daily at home. My husband and I are debating which method is "greener". I believe that it's better for the environment AND cheaper to just use real dishes and wash them after using. My husband thinks that the power needed to heat water for dishwashing is equally as bad for the environment as using paper plates. Which is greener? Using paper plates 3x daily, or washing dishes in hot water 3x daily? Which is more economical?
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