do you use paper plates on a daily basis????

@sudalunts (5526)
United States
July 21, 2008 7:35am CST
I buy paper plates for little or nothing at Costco's, and use them for most meals. Especially if I am eating just a sandwich I will use a paper plate. My husband will use a regular plate for a sandwich, I don't get it, a sandwich is a sandwich. I just think they are so convenient, you use them, throw them away, no dishes to wash. Do you prefer to use paper
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@enzabird (130)
• United States
21 Jul 08
ya, paper may be convenient, but i can't help but think of where that is going when you are done - into the trash. Land fills are loaded with unnecessary waste. Those plates wont decompose. They will sit in that stupid pit for hundreds of years. We are killing our environment by overusing packaging and being super wasteful. So please, although paper may seem more convenient, please try and use them less. You would do our planet a great service.
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
21 Jul 08
Thank you for your informative comment. I may consider your advise. I really never thought of that. Thanks again
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@lyzabelle (1668)
• Philippines
21 Jul 08
[b]We don't use paper plates in the house. We use regular plates. Paper plates is costly. We only use paper plates when there's a party in our house.[/b]
• United States
21 Jul 08
Nope. I use good heavy plates. It makes me have to wash them, but the landfill does not have all the paper plates then. I don't even put a sandwhich on a plate at alll, unless I am having something else with it. It is handy just to grab and eat it and hold on to it, so I don't bother to dirty a plate. But when I do eat, I prefer to use a regular ceramic plate.
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@yenwie84 (1345)
• Malaysia
21 Jul 08
Of course,papers plate are convenient to be used,but some how is a waste of money. How many paper plates we need to change in a day if compared to glass plates? I think this is not practical. Paper plates are more suitable to be used during parties or picnics. I think paper plates are not very suitable for daily uses.
@joliefille (3696)
• Philippines
21 Jul 08
That is very convenient indeed. No washing needed. We don't have paper plates here in the apartment. The only thing we would perhaps use paper plates would be if we're gonna have a party of some sort. Besides we wouldn't wanna risk plates breaking. For that, the paper plate would come in handy.
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@Amber4106 (541)
• United States
21 Jul 08
I really appreciate paper plates. Especially during the summer months when we are doing a lot of grilling out and camping. Our camper only holds so much water, so I always have to save the dishes to wash when we get back home. I use them in the house too. I hate wasting a clean dish for a sandwich or something else that needs nothing but a paper plate or even just a paper towel. My husband has no problem using up clean dishes, mainly because he doesn't have to worry about washing them :)
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
21 Jul 08
Thanks for your response. Yes, during the summer they are very convenient. My husband will use a clean plate just to eat a brownie whereas I will use a paper towel. I see a lot of paper do not believe in paper plates. I can understand their reasoning, but for me sometimes they are easier to use.
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@Ambitiouz (200)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I like to use paper plates but it creates an unnecessary amount of trash everyday. THey are not very enviroment friendly even though they save tons of time on doing dishes. I started using my dishwasher more frequently, so I save on excess trash and save money too. Now, if I am eating just a sandwich, there is not much mess to clean up on the plate. Sometimes I will use just a napkin or newspaper to eat something simple.
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@inia_54 (176)
• Malaysia
22 Jul 08
Paper plates are easy cheap and after eating you can just throw them away. But think again, paper plates are made from paper pulps. Paper pulps come from trees. In other words, we are destroying trees to make paper plates. Destroying trees mean destruction to the environment which lead the thinning of ozone layers. So why use paper plates when you can use regular plates over and over again. It just need a little washing, thats all.
@newtondak (3949)
• United States
21 Jul 08
I rarely use paper plates. About the only time we'll use them is for a big family picnic or something of that sort. I've found that if I get the ones that are good enough to actually stand up to holding a meal, then I'm spending a lot more than it takes for me to wash a plate.
• United States
21 Jul 08
Rarely do we use paper plates. They're very costly when compared to the one time expense of regular plates and contribute to build up in the landfills. If we use paper plates, I get the Chinet ones that compost within 15 days in my composting bin. If I'm having something small, I'll either put it on a napkin or put it on a regular plate and reuse it.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
26 Jul 08
i very seldom ever use paper plates. i just prefer not to. i keep them on hand & if i'm sending something to someone who is sick etc. i will put it on a paper plate so they want have to worry about getting my dish back. so many times when people are sending you food on a regular plate , they don't put their name on it & that's a job to return them if u don't have a name.
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
27 Jul 08
Yeah, that is true, sometimes when bringing dishes to church events, if you can not stay to the end to get your dish using paper is better.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
27 Jul 08
they are handy for things like that. using the disposable aluminum pans are good to but i never buy them so i don't have one handy when i need them. got so many baking dishes i guess i'm too stingy to buy them. lol
@mommyboo (13197)
• United States
2 Sep 08
I don't all the time but I DO have a big stack of paper or styrofoam plates in my pantry. We are getting ready for a trip, tomorrow we are leaving - well except my son who is 17. I am well aware and VERY glad that I have stocked up on paper plates, plastic silverware, frozen meals and canned items because I don't want him making any messes while we are gone. This will make it much easier for him during the 4 days we are gone. I really hate dealing with messes, the only reason I don't use paper for everything is that I have really nice hand painted shallow salad 'bowls' that I use for almost everything, from soup and salad to meals. They are pretty and contain most things easily, so it's not like you're eating something and it tips off your plate and gets all over your lap, your desk, your bed, etc.
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
2 Sep 08
Mommyboo, thanks for responding, I hope you have a fun and safe trip. I am sure your son will be grateful for the paper products you have, so that he will not have to wash dishes and clean up the kitchen while you are gone. Your salad bowls sound really nice, yes, that way nothing is pushed off of your plate. Again, enjoy your trip, your son will be just fine. Will there be someone looking in on him from time to time. I know 17 years old is still a child, but they think they are already grown.
@shooie (4985)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Paper Plates - Love em But are they eco friendly
This discussion reminds me am out of paper plates so need to go get some. I prefer using them because less of a mess and am lucky my husband doesn't have a problem using them. Matter of fact if I run out and he has a sandwich he will just grab a napkin as to not dirty a plate. If we have a special dinner or out of paper plates we use regular ones.
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
25 Jul 08
paper plates - Very convenient
Thanks for your reply. I know a lot of paper talk of the expenense of paper products. There is also an expense with washing dishes, you have to buy dish detergent, plus the cost of the water, if you are using a dish washer, you are paying for electric. It's not being lazy, it can be cost effective as well
@eagle_f15 (2051)
• Malaysia
3 Sep 08
Wow this is the first time I hear someone using a paper plate for meals often. At the mention of using paper plates to me is like when you use them during picnics, parties . In my home we don;t use paper plates unless there parties (but we only had one party - and that's our house warming) Other times we use the regular dinner plates.
@maryannemax (12168)
• Sweden
5 Aug 08
we only use paper plates when going out in a beach or having a picnic in the park or in the forest (or anywhere else). but at home, we use the regular plates. we don't care if we have to wash them after. we're used to doing that anyway. it's a part of our daily lives already.
• United States
2 Aug 08
You know, I've noticed that many American family use paper plates... Me, I don't, at all. I wasn't raised that way, so I'm not accustomed to it... but moreover, it feels too cheap to me :\ I like making the most of my mealtimes, without rushing things, without downing it all as fast as I can. It's almost like a sacred event. (Makes me sound crazy, I know.) Besides, as others have mentioned, it really is just an addition to the overabundance of garbage in our world.
@sweety_81 (2125)
• India
30 Jul 08
Hi , We use our paper plates only when we have more number of guests and / or we have a shortage of Crockery . Otherwise;we rarely use them .
@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
27 Jul 08
BBQ on paper plate - photo of 2 Barbecue Beef Sandwiches
Hi my friend, We use paper plates for most meals. The only time we use real plates is if I cook dinner..lol I figure I'm going to have pots and pans to wash anyway so we might as well use real plates. It is just my hubby and me at home now so we can't see using real plates for carry out or delivery items. You are right, they are convenient to use and just throw away. No mess! Happy MyLotting, Char
@misty99 (736)
22 Jul 08
No, we never use paper plates or plastic plates for regular use.We use the regular plates on the family's daily meals.The paper plates and cups are used during party or just a small gathering of 10+ person.
@subha12 (18449)
• India
22 Jul 08
no we don't generally. in that case there will be too much usage of paper, which is better to use less. we will use general plate and wash it.