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Old 09-30-2013, 06:36 PM
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I was thinking about all the costs that goes into dishes. You buy them, you buy a dish washer, you pay electricity to run the dishwasher, you pay for the water the washer requires. When the washer breaks you pay for a new one.

So are paper plates and plastic utensils any less expensive?
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:46 PM
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Did you ever consider the cost to the environment?
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:55 PM
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No to answer your question. But depends how often you break your plates.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by 08087 View Post
I was thinking about all the costs that goes into dishes. You buy them, you buy a dish washer, you pay electricity to run the dishwasher, you pay for the water the washer requires. When the washer breaks you pay for a new one.

So are paper plates and plastic utensils any less expensive?
When it's just us eating we use paper plates all the time just because it's less stuff to wash. It has nothing to do with money. We use regular silverware and glasses. The paper plates we usually put into the recycling bin unless they have a lot of food sticking to them. We use actual paper plates not foam.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by skibum View Post
Did you ever consider the cost to the environment?
HA I just said that so I could feel like a Prius owning liberal!

Do what works - lived in a fifth wheel and an RV, paper and disposable works great!
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:06 PM
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I did think about the environment, but this is a dollars and cents question. However fuel goes into the making of regular plates, and a dishwasher, also the hot water is made by burning some type of fuel, there is a cost on both products.

I did see your retraction but thought I'd address it anyway.
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:21 PM
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I've had the same plates (down to 3 from 4) for over 7 years.

Don't own a dishwasher, never have.

Plates are the easiest of the things to be washed (glasses, utensils, pots, pans, etc).

Don't care for flimsy paper plates under most circumstances.

BTW, I've used the same coffee mug at least 3X's a day for 10 years.
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:25 PM
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Put it down on "Paper" ... see what will be the best investment for YOU!

I can tell you that every single dishwasher I have ever owned was worthless ............ except the Wife

By the time you wash off all of the larger particles you could have just washed the dang dish. A small sink of hot soapy water to wash them all in .... then a nice clean sink to lay them all in until rinse time goes a long way to conserve water and energy from heating that water.

Paper Plates are usually from already recycled paper products ... Use what you want and what works for your family.
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