Around the time we were married, my husband heard a talk about paper plates leading to a “disposable society.” This made an impression. I think the speaker meant that owning objects that we value enough to care for on a daily basis, is part of building a home and family. I see his point, although I don’t believe we should read every personal decision into some kind of moral failing.
Washing dishes takes time. The more people you are serving, and the more courses you cook, the more the dishes accumulate. Sometimes the temptation to use disposable dishes—paper is often a misnomer since plastic predominates—is strong. I have one friend who says that it’s a matter of quality of life. When she has her children and grandchildren visiting, she wants to spend her time with them and not in the kitchen washing dishes.
On the other hand, once you get used to having them in the house disposables can be a hard habit to break. Nowadays we use a dishwasher that cuts some, but not all, of the time spent washing.
After a few days of using disposables during the mourning period for my father’s death, my husband asked to go back to china. When we used disposable plates during those few days, there are a few things I found irritating about them.
While washing dishes requires soap and water, there are efficient methods. Here are tips for cutting back on the number of dishes you need to wash. You can also choose disposables for the main course but not for dessert, or vice versa.
Like most cooking tasks, it’s a matter of commitment. My husband is determined that we don’t use disposables, and offered to do most of the washing up even in those pre-dishwasher days.
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