Why is it more environmentally friendly to use regular dishes vs paper products?


Normal dishes get washed, so you use more water.

Paper dishes get thrown away, but use no water.

Why is one superior? I don’t get it. Does not compute. Not arguing that it’s not true though.

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That a paper dish “used no water” is simply false. The production of paper of any sort uses a great deal of water, that puts the tiny amount to wash a dish to shame.

This on top of the environmental damage of either old growth forest logging, or sustained farmed forest logging. Emissions everywhere, and never a step without water.

You’re forgetting to take into account the resources it takes to produce a paper plate: to name one- thousands of gallons of water in a factory vs. the relatively few it takes to wash a dish. Also, non-disposable dishes will be used many times over many many years, while a paper plate is used once and thrown into a landfill (can’t usually be recycled if there’s food on it) (Thinking about that, I guess would plastic disposables be better than paper since you can rinse and recycle the plastics?)
If you have to use a disposable, I believe there are biodegradable and compostable options.

On top of the production issues with disposables, there’s a lot of transportation involved in supplying everyone with their weekly or monthly disposables, for paper plates/napkins, cutlery, plastic or styrofoam options, ziploc bags, cling wrap, etc.

You could cook all your food in one pot and eat out of it together. Reduces doing the dishes to one pot and one spoon per person. Might even be a bit romantic.