Plastic cutting boards are useful for cutting some things, but not all. Plastic is porous and can lock in harmful bacteria that can transfer to other foods that are in contact with the cutting boards. You won’t want to cut meat with a plastic cutting board. Also, they tend to absorb odors (garlic) and colors from foods and spices as well, but these are relatively harmless.
Some people prefer to use wood or bamboo cutting boards, as well as glass boards, depending on their purpose. For this reason, you’ll often find multiple cutting boards in a home, each made of a different material. Plastic cutting boards should be recyclable and should be discarded properly rather than being thrown in the trash. In fact, there are many cutting obards on the market that are made from recycled plastic (see one example in the link below).
Otherwise, your best option for a cutting board would be bamboo, since it’s a highly renewable, versatile, and recyclable material. Glass cutting boards are good, too, especially for cutting meat, but be careful with you knife, as glass may quickly make a sharp knife become dull. (When dealing with ceramic knives, stay away from glass and tile surfaces altogether.)
This question is fairly open-ended for two reasons. For one, we need to know in what context we are to take the word good, and for two, the idea of good is relative, but I will offer my two cents anyhow.
As opposed to using your kitchen table, a plastic cutting board is a great choice for its very practical purpose of keeping your counter or table free of cuts and ensuring a sanitary workplace for food preparation (assuming you wash the cutting board, that is).
Economically speaking, you are probably better off buying a plastic cutting board than say, a marble one. A typical plastic cutting board will cost you no more than 10 dollars, whereas a marble cutting board will run at least twice that price. Aesthetically speaking, however, I would opt for a marble cutting board over a plastic one.
Most importantly though, I must consider a plastic cutting board in terms of its environmental friendliness. I wouldn’t consider any plastic to be good for the environment. In fact, they can be quite harmful. They take a very long time to degrade so they fill up landfills, they aren’t very easy to recycle, they can release poisonous gas if burned, and even their manufacturing process is one that creates large amounts of pollution.
So in the end I think it boils down to what you value most, saving a few bucks, or helping reduce the impact that the production of plastics has on our environment.
They usually get the job done, but it depends on the actual type. The really thin, flexible ones are great for cutting most things and are convenient because you can bend them in such a way that you can just pour ingredients right into your dish. However, if what you’re chopping is a little tougher, it may not be right. In that case, a thicker plastic cutting board or wood cutting board may be better.
It really depends on the application. Plastic cutting boards are great for meat because they allow the use of harsher chemicals without absorbing them. The thin plastic cutting boards also allow you to pour ingredients easier.
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