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Is it better to use real plates rather than paper?

Is it better to use cloth napkins rather than paper ones or paper towels?

Started using regular plates lately, because I don’t want those waxy things going into a landfill.

Likewise I can get several uses out of a linen napkin rather than once for a paper towel/napkin...

Makes ecological sense to me. How about you?

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yukonsally
Sep. 28th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
Reusing is always better for the environment. Also cheaper in the long run.
cd0103
Sep. 28th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
We use regular plates, but we don't use cloth napkins. I probably should. Much better for the environment.
ellierachael
Sep. 28th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
We have always used proper plates, except for parties where there are more people than plates!
We don't use napkins at all but I would probably use cloth ones if we did
trenton22
Sep. 28th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
As someone with neither a dishwasher nor a washing machine, there's "better" and there's just the way it's gonna go! :)

I use regular plates until there comes a point when I'm over washing dishes and buy some paper plates. I usually buy the super cheap-o plain white 3c apiece white ones, but somehow I ended up with red party plates last time, and I find that I'm less likely to use them, even when they would be convenient.

I have cloth napkins (good reasonably priced selection at IKEA) and use them from time to time, but not as a habit. i don't know if I would use them more if I could just drop them into a washing machine, but I think I might.

I agree that reusable is the "green" thing to do, but it's just not what I always do.
hotarunokokoro
Sep. 28th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
This is a big pet peeve of mine since I do the dishes around here. It makes sense to use real plates on an everyday basis and to use paper on special occasions when lots of people are going to be dining.
However it's backwards here. The only time the real plates are used are when everyone is here, and paper is used ALL the time on a daily basis.
Someone here has a twisted view of reality.
sahlah
Sep. 29th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
totally, dude!
anita_margarita
Sep. 29th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
It's WAY cheaper to use real plates and cloth napkins, both financially and for the environment. Also much classier.
kabuldur
Sep. 29th, 2010 10:35 am (UTC)
Definitely better to use real plates. Might be better for your health, too!

Napkins? What napkins? If there's a spill around here I use a cloth :)

The only down side I see is that using real plates would use more water. Paper plates *could* be thrown in the compost but rarely are.

For what it's worth, the only time I have used paper plates is when I have thrown a kid's party or been to a (large) family picnic. It's very rarely that I have used paper plates!

I think it would be cheaper in the long run to use real crockery, too.
dr_rush
Sep. 29th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
I'm from a family that always uses cotton napkins, really nice ones too, so I think paper ones are just for parties. Washing and reusing cotton ones is far better than using paper, plus I love ironing them (such dinky squares once folded). As for plates, again paper ones would just be for parties. We have fairly cheap ceramic plates (from IKEA) and have never had a really expensive china set. Don't see the point in 'best' china.
mountain_girl
Sep. 29th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
I don't even use paper plates when we have a BBQ. I bought a huge load of divided tupperware trays to use for those occasions - even got some at garage sales. :) I prefer cloth napkins and cloth dishtowels but it's difficult to get Jay to give up his paper towels (or to even use them less often).

So yes, I agree that being ecological does make sense.


serene_orange
Sep. 30th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
We use dishes and hand wash. We own cloth napkins, but generally take a sheet off the roll of paper towels (that have the perforations for small sheets) when it is only us three eating.

with cloth, there is always the water, electricity and chemicals to take into account for washing them, and you know I am just weird enough about germs to not want to reuse a napkin.
elvenforever
Oct. 1st, 2010 06:49 am (UTC)
We use a lot of paper. Real definitely has its merits, though. :)
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