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View Poll Results: Do you use paper plates? Poll
Never 3 14.29%
Always 1 4.76%
Sometimes 14 66.67%
Care to elaborate? 5 23.81%
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Old 02-25-2018, 11:29 AM   #11
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For the money, Costco's paper plates rock. ... even their paper bowls and desert plates.

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Old 02-25-2018, 11:38 AM   #12
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For the money, Costco's paper plates rock. ... even their paper bowls and desert plates.
Paper cups too. I'd never buy these paper goods at the grocery.

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Old 02-25-2018, 11:50 AM   #13
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I'm assuming the question refers to using them at home. Although I have used them (I mean, obviously, I think everyone has used paper plates at some point), I voted "never" because I don't use them around the house. The last time I bought any was for a cookout at a park. That was maybe two years ago, and I still have the leftovers sitting in the cupboard.
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Old 02-25-2018, 12:04 PM   #14
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I agree with Roadfix. Costco paper plates are sturdy. I bought what may amount to a 17 year supply. I gave a stack to the kids to cushion between their regular dishes when they were packing to move to their new house, plus about a week ahead DIL informed the kitchen was closing for the duration.

I gave another stack to Dx for summer picnics/ cook outs. And I still have a lot.

I use paper for lunch, sandwiches mostly, unless it's something gloopy.
Yes, they get re-used several days in a row.

Dinners in front of the tv/ sports. Pizza. Back yard.

I would like to step up my game and find some of those oval plastic baskets with paper liners that bars use when they serve burgers/ fries/ wings etc.
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Old 02-25-2018, 01:09 PM   #15
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Do you use paper plates?

I like real dishes. Makes me feel grown up. I also like to use the good China for holiday dinners. SO sill sometimes try to put out paper for dessert but I resist. Since I do the dishes, no one complains.
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Old 02-25-2018, 01:13 PM   #16
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I SO sill sometimes try to put out paper for dessert but I resist. Since I do the dishes, no one complains.
Thanks for reminding me..I forgot to mention an other occasion when I also use paper plates is when it is my turn to do the dishes
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Old 02-25-2018, 01:37 PM   #17
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I voted 'sometimes'. I almost always have a stack of coated 'designed' paper plates (I feel like they're not quite as bad as the plain white, silly, I know ), but it still takes me a long time to go through a package.

As others have mentioned, I too only use them for sandwiches, or a cold quick snack. Often Tyler will want a mid afternoon snack of sliced apples or carrots, or a cookie or two, and that's when the paper plates get pulled out as well. He doesn't care.

Funny...as Andy said, I NEVER use paper plates for dinner. But then again, I always have dinner seated at the dining room table, even though it's just me.

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Old 02-25-2018, 02:08 PM   #18
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I use paper plates to re-heat things in the microwave -- sometimes as a lid over a bowl when I'm heating something that will splatter. I'll also sometimes use them to eat from, if I'm having a burger or sandwich. I don't use a lot of them, because they can be a waste of money, and they are no good for something like steak -- they aren't sturdy enough.

Now, on a related product, I use very few paper towels. I have a large supply of terry and microfiber towels I get cheap from the automotive section at COSTCO, and wash them to reuse over-and-over. Here again, it is a money saver. Plus, they work much better for cleanups than paper towels.

As for environmental concerns, I live in Texas, and folks here are proud of their "carbon footprints" and pass laws and do things just to piss off the "tree-huggers." For me, conservation is more about saving MY money. If it helps the planet, that is a coincidental bonus.

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Old 02-25-2018, 04:08 PM   #19
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Very rarely.

I never like spending money on things that are intended to be thrown away after a single use. About the only exception is TP and an occasional roll of paper towels.

I agree with CD, sometimes being cheap and being green go hand in hand.
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Old 02-25-2018, 04:13 PM   #20
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We use them for larger parties, especially if there'll be a lot of kids. Not for the special holiday parties with just family, like Thanksgiving or Christmas, but when we have summer bbqs, or my son's team's meetings and parties.

So I voted "sometimes".

And yes, they get recycled. I still beat my neighbors every week by putting out 2 full garbage cans of recyclables, while they sometimes don't put out anything at all. I'm hoping to shame them into saving the planet, lol.

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