Keep your real linen napkins handy too, and put the paper ones away for picnics. Why not? Stains can be removed easily with homemade cleaning solutions like lemon, and a rinse of vinegar and water. Get out your vintage silverware too.
All of these items had plenty of use before you ever had them and they will be around a lot longer than the newer, more modern pieces you may have that aren't nearly as well made. Plus, since most ironstone was made in England long ago, you are doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint. Let's not just think of this as "recycling" these items...but actually "re-using" them as well, in the very meaning of this word.