Why should I use permanent washable plates rather than paper plates?

More importantly, where can I find literature on important information involving this issue. Landfill capacity, carbon-footprint data on paper products versus using electricity and water, as well as comparison of the cost of both. Information on hygiene benefits of using paper plates against washing plates would also be helpful.



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    Washable plates end up saving you time, energy, and money.  A bonus is the lack of landfill waste you create.  Besides the landfill waste though, washable plates (including the water and utilities needed to reuse them) don’t save the planet any more than paper plates.  It’s smarter to use washable plates, but the environmental impact of both types is almost identical.


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    If you think about the lifetime of a paper plate, you realize how much energy goes into producing, packaging, and transporting a paper plate, although it is used for a very short time. Plastic bags might be manufactured to hold the paper plate as it is transported to the store, trees are cut down to produce the plate, and then energy is used to transport  all of that waste to a landfill where it will take up natural space there. It is more ecologically friendly to use washable plates because of their long lifetime. Producing washable plates may use some energy, but because they are not disposable, their use avoids many forms of wastefulness.

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    Washable plates save money, energy and time. paper plates ruin are beautiful world and all we need to do is use recycalable products to help fix our world.

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    I was just as challenged to find comparison data between the environmental impacts of using a paper versus a washable plate. Is the carbon footprint of production, distribution, storage, sale, and disposal of a single paper plate (multiplied by the number of uses of a washable plate) greater than, less than, or equal to the one left by a one-time production, distribution, storage, sale, electricity and water used (multiplied by the number of uses), and finally disposal, of a washable plate? WOW someone better start crunching those numbers.

    Well, here are some suggestions that will give one side of the scale more weight:

    1. Using paper plates made of post-consumer recycled paper will take the pressure off the trees.

    2. Using compostable plates made from corn or potato starch, rendering them biodegradable at the hands of a compost bin or a landfill for that matter, will also take the pressure off the trees.

    3. Using washable plates lined with disposable dry wax paper will allow the plates to stay clean and the disposal volume much smaller than that of a paper plate.

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