Do you use plastic plates?

posted 1 year ago in Cooking
  • poll: What do you use more often on a daily basis?
    Real plates and flatware. We have a dishwasher, so it's easy. : (47 votes)
    63 %
    Real plates and flatware. We don't have a dishwasher, but it's not a big deal to wash them. : (25 votes)
    33 %
    Plastic/Paper plates and plastic flatware. We wash them and use them several times. : (0 votes)
    Plastic/Paper plates and plastic flatware. We throw them away when we're done. Less work. : (2 votes)
    3 %
    Real and plastic plates. It depends on the meal. : (1 votes)
    1 %
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    5409 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Real plates and flatware. We have paper plates for when we’re having pizza or I’m feeling lazy. 

    5747 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I use plasticwear only if we are entertaining more than 12 people because I only have 12 place settings.

    3888 posts
    Honey bee

    I used paper plates growing up. I now use real plates, but I don’t mind using paper every so often. I don’t really think about being green in this area of my life.

    3303 posts
    Sugar bee

    We use real plates.  I have collected paper and plastic products over the years from office parties and such…I keep on hand for anytime we have get together potlucks or movie nights with a lot of friends.  I guess it’s rare because I still have a huge box.

    I’m THAT person…oh does anyone want these left over plastic cups?  I’ll take them!!


    2264 posts
    Buzzing bee

    We use real plates and flatware mostly. Sometimes, we’ll use paper plates for pizza and large dinner parties with friends where we literally don’t have enough plates. 

    4459 posts
    Honey bee

    We have one dishwasher that we only use for our meat dishes, but we use real dishes for everything. I do have paper napkins though, but I use cloth ones when I have company since I bought them to match our tablecloths when we got married. It is more economical for me all around, including the fact that I don’t have a ton of extra money to go out and buy paper plates all the time. My mom is usually against paper for that very reason but did buy a huge pack at Costco since they can be convenient at times. 

    9071 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    Real.  I only use paper plates if I happen to grab some with take out.

    2627 posts
    Sugar bee

    I use paper only for picnics or tail gating or the very rare party. I always use “real” stuff. Its nicer, it doesnt bleed through, and I feel better about it in terms of the environment.


    9241 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    Only ever real dishes.  The only reason we might use paper plates/cups is is if we had lots of poeple over for a BBQ or something. 

    Even if we’re camping I have a set of tupperware type plastic dishes that we use and wash.  Could that be what your co-worker was referring to as well?  Otherwise, I’m picturing a big sink full of red Solo cups??

    4507 posts
    Honey bee

    I hate to say it, but we use paper plates 90% of the time because we don’t have a dishwasher. We typically use real flatware and glassware.


    1303 posts
    Bumble bee

    Definitely real everything unless we’ve got a big party and not enough plates/cups/wine glasses for everyone. Don’t like the idea of plastic stuff. We don’t have a dishwasher, but it’s not that big of a deal since normally it’s just the two of us. Whoever doesn’t cook usually washes up. 

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