Disposable tableware at home: convenient, profitable or stupid?

It is considered that the history of the appearance of disposable dishes associated with a curious case. Once an American student, dissatisfied with the cleanliness of a drinking vessel in a public institution, built an improvised glass of cardboard. Since then, more than 100 years have passed. In addition to cardboard, plastic is being manufactured, and the appearance of the dishes has become more presentable. The main thing has not changed: the destination. Disposable items make life easier and easier..

The peculiarity of disposable tableware

The situation itself “ate-thrown away” is very attractive in the eyes of a busy person. Remember how much time is spent on the preliminary preparation of the festive service to meet the guests. Not happy and subsequent laundering of mountains of dirty dishes. And if you have to leave the city?

Reference! Picnic, office gatherings, democratic public catering have long been unthinkable without disposable items.

Convenient, hygienic, does not require washing - These are undoubted advantages.

Dishes that do not mind throwing - A competitor to traditional tableware. Encourages the transition to everyday use and affordability.

Probably, therefore, quite often, many advocate the transition to disposable items. And today there are a great many!

Types of disposable tableware

Initially disposable tableware was made of paper. Over time, plastic objects made of polypropylene or polystyrene were added to paper objects.


Paper laminated dishes represented plates and cups. They keep warm, Do not get wet. Such dishes is safe. But at the same time road to manufacture!

Important! The advantage of paper dishes is that it is recyclable and well decomposed.


Plastic dishes sometimes dangerous to health person Polystyrene Products are not intended for hot food! In contact with heat, they release dangerous styrene to the body.

For the second and first courses it is better to use polypropylene plates and cups. They can pour tea, coffee, lemonade - any drink, but not alcohol.

Reference! Under the influence of alcohol, toxic formaldehydes and phenol are released from polypropylene.

The range of plastic products is diverse. The versatility of the material allows to produce plates for the second and first courses, mugs for hot drinks, glasses for liquor and cutlery.

Plastic attracts with its price, but damages the environment due to a long decomposition period.

Important! Aluminum molds or laminated lunch boxes, in which fast food cafés pack food, are not disposable dishes. This is the packaging!

Using disposable tableware at home

For the lightness and compactness of such dishes liked those who are not accustomed to sit still. Why not bring this lightness into everyday life? But whether such dishes for the home?

Convenient or not?

Certainly convenient if we say that nothing to wash! Imagine how much time will be released, if you remove from the chain of household chores just one link - washing dishes! It is a pity that while there are no disposable pots and pans!

And if we talk about use, then there is no answer so clearly.

  • If the plastic is tight, keeps its shape well, then such plates are no worse familiar porcelain or earthenware.
  • With cups harder. They are usually small, they have uncomfortable pensthat prevents enjoy tea drinking. It is possible to quench thirst from such cups, and to get pleasure, to warm their hands with warmth Not sure it's going to happen.
  • About cutlery I can't even speak. They suitable for fast food, but for a good piece of meat you need a metal or ceramic knife. Using bent forks and spoons is also a very dubious pleasure.

It is clear that the current range of disposable tableware is not able to displace durable metal products, glass, ceramics from household items. And it does not completely solve the washing problem: after the meal, you will have to send the cooking utensils to the sink.

It is important that we must constantly take care of the replenishment of pottery. At this point, another question arises: how economical is the transition to one-time things?

Is it profitable or not?

Everyone solves this problem himself. Someone with a calculator, someone thinks in mind.

A couple of hundred a month on plates - it seems to be inexpensive, about as much as one porcelain equivalent. Plus, water is used, detergent, sponges and towels are bought. These are the pros.

And what's against? All the same. You just need to multiply spending on disposable plates for the life of the porcelain.

Important! Damaged health from the misuse of plastics is costly in the end. Unfortunately, few people think about it.

Worth or not to use at home

To decide in favor of certain types of items, you need to consider a few points.

  • Washing dishes is an excellent educational and disciplining moment. Parents with children should not be discounted!
  • The amount of household waste will increase dramatically. And we must not forget about ecology!

Reference! If every inhabitant of the Earth throws out three plates a day, that is almost 23 billion pieces. The weight of one plate is conventionally equal to 10 g, therefore, 230 million kg will go to the garbage landfill!

  • To do without the usual instruments will not succeed. After all, the question of home serving the holiday table plastic is not worth it. This idea is rejected even by the most vehement admirers of the whole one-time.

Does it mean that we should refuse from disposable tableware at all? No, it does not mean. There are cases when she is very rescued. It is important to proceed from the conditions of expediency and reasonableness.. Why not have a snack on such dishes during the repair, when the water is turned off?

To the delight of disposability, a completely biodegradable dish made from dietary fiber, for example, from bamboo, cornstarch, palm leaves and even the husks of ordinary seeds, has already been invented. Perhaps we will return to the question of whether it is worth eating disposable dishes at home ...

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