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Is it better for the environment to use paper plates or..

... to us plastic plates and recycle them?

(There will be 3-yr-olds at the party so I don't see a way around buying dispoable plates).

 
FelipesMom

Asked by FelipesMom at 4:50 PM on Oct. 25, 2010 in Food & Drink

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Answers (6)
  • If you get plastic, might as well buy a good set of plastic dish-ware that you can reuse for birthday parties, picnics, camping and bbq's of the future.
    isabellalecour

    Answer by isabellalecour at 7:52 PM on Oct. 25, 2010

  • HMM... Trees to make the paper ones, or petrolium to make the plastic ones, but recycle them. That is a tough one. Personally, I go the frugal route & buy whatever is cheaper. (I like saving my own paper- money!) Have fun at the party- the kids wont care what kind of plates their cake & ice cream are on :)~
    mrsmom110

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 4:57 PM on Oct. 25, 2010

  • I think it's pretty even - paper plates could actually be burned though, so maybe they have a slight advantage? I buy paper, with as much recyclable % as I can find. They sell biodegradable plates, but they are outlandishly expensive.
    Scuba

    Answer by Scuba at 4:54 PM on Oct. 25, 2010

  • I say plastic. More because the plates are more sturdy than paper. Recycle them and it should be ok.
    dancinintherain

    Answer by dancinintherain at 4:54 PM on Oct. 25, 2010

  • Paper is bio-degradable, but it is still going into the landfille. However, it takes more money to recycle and reuse then it does to make new. So it's kind of a double edged sword. Personally, I would go with recycle, because at least it's not going into a landfill to clog up the earth.
    JazzlikeMraz

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 5:19 PM on Oct. 25, 2010

  • heeey isabella awesome answer. I will probably re-use plastic before recycling if at all possible. great point! :o)
    FelipesMom

    Comment by FelipesMom (original poster) at 8:38 PM on Oct. 25, 2010