Post # 1
The other day I was at a meeting for a woman’s club that I belong to. We were having a potluck, so there was a lot of food. The club has real dishes and flatware. Normally, we also have plastic, but it seemed our stock of plastic had been cleaned out.
Anyway, one of the ladies made a comment that using the real dishes were more green, which since our meeting was about using green cleaning products it made sense that we not use plastic.
When that was said, another lady said that she uses plastic all the time at home and washes them. I couldn’t stop myself. I had to ask why she bothered with plastic if she was going to wash them anyway. Her response was that plastic doesn’t break.
Now, I don’t even use plastic when we’re eating at our picnic table outside in the summer. We use real plates, real flatware, real glasses. I refuse to use paper or plastic. I do give in on the paper napkins, but only because if I don’t was fabric napkins right away, our dog and cat try to dig them out of the hamper.
So I just wondered what all of you use.
Post # 3
Real plates and flatware. We have paper plates for when we’re having pizza or I’m feeling lazy.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I use plasticwear only if we are entertaining more than 12 people because I only have 12 place settings.
Post # 6
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.
Post # 7
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!!
Post # 8
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.
Post # 9
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.
Post # 10
Real. I only use paper plates if I happen to grab some with take out.
Post # 11
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.
Post # 12
I used to use paper or plastic plates, but once I got a really nice set of every day dishes, I didn’t see the point of using disposable. I can see it kind of when we go camping. But even our picnic basket came with dishes.
Does anyone remember those styrofoam ones they used to make that would melt if you put a piece of fried chicken on them? My mom bought those when we were little.
Post # 13
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??
Post # 14
@SapphireSun: It could be she was talking about that. I had solo cups in my head when she said it, because that’s the kind of plastic stuff we use at the club if we don’t use the real stuff.
We have the tupperwear kind of stuff for camping too. The only time we used the disposable stuff was when we were tenting and it was really hard to wash dishes.
Post # 15
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.
Post # 16
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.