WHY CHOOSE FLIP OVER PAPER or CERAMIC PLATES?
Keep in mind that unlike office paper and newsprint, because paper plates are contaminated with food residue when used they cannot be recycled. Unless you have a home composting system your paper plates go straight to landfills, where biodegrading processes are slow.
To make bright white paper plates, pulp derived from wood fibers must be bleached. Chlorine compounds are ranked among the most hazardous industrial chemicals in large volume use; they are known cancer-causing agents, and also are suspected of causing developmental, reproductive, and immune system damage in living organisms including humans, according to the Secret Life piece. To produce paper products, the environment is at risk, despite improvements to comply with requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Paper Consumption Impact on Global Forests
An investigative story–part of the Secret Life series–on the papermaking process examines the effects of the paper products industry on forests. Though sustainable forest management practices are increasing, much of the pulp used for paper including paper plates depends on virgin wood-based fibers.
Disposable plates and cups do change the flavor of the food. They have a distinctive, chemical smell as well. And that’s without going into the chemicals that you ingest.
Disposable cups spill, plates break or tip, forks crack. I found myself throwing things away before they were used even once.
Disposables cost. If you buy the cheap ones, they are ugly and flimsy. If you invest in better quality, you are pouring more money down the drain.
DID YOU KNOW?
It takes up to 12 gallons of water to produce one pack of 22 10-inch medium-weight dinner plates that weighs a pound (16 ounces), which is roughly half a gallon for each plate.
Paper plates can’t be recycled (the water needed to make paper is cut in half when it’s made from recycled paper) or composted, due to a petroleum-based wax coating applied to prevent leaks.
The only life-cycle analysis conducted on paper and ceramic plates we came across found that the production of a ceramic plate that you can use forever emits 2.7 kilograms of carbon dioxide, whereas using one paper plate every day for a year would result in 128 kilograms of emissions.
Snack Flipboard are made from ABS plastic. ABS is a thermoplastic material, it can be easily recycled . This means that a common way of producing ABS plastic is from other ABS plastic.
FLIP has strong resistance to corrosive chemicals and/or physical impacts.
Recyclable ABS plastic
Harmless in that is doesn’t have any known carcinogens.
Higher melting point (Microwave safe)
Very sturdy and hard
- More space on your table
- More space in your cupboards
- Sustainable & cheaper than buying paper plates all over again