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  •  Meals in Plastic (4+ / 0-)

    My pet peeve is all the prepared food in plastic containers. It seems to be our default mode now. You're hardly ever served food in washable containers with washable eating utensils, except in full-service restaurants.

    My brother-in-law seemed to subsist on salads in plastic containers from Costco. Just toss the salad and eat it out of the plastic.

    And I can't believe how many people offer their guests plastic plates and utensils in their homes. It's just disgusting.

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Mon May 09, 2011 at 08:27:37 AM PDT

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    •  Just wondering... (4+ / 0-)
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      There are costs involved in owning and maintaining washable containers, such as water for cleaning, natural gas to heat the water, floor space to store the containers, workers to clean and store them, etc.

      I wonder if the costs, environmental and otherwise, are actually less using washable containers versus throwaway containers. Life consists of tradeoffs, and not every alternative makes sense upon closer examination.

      Republicans: Infinite compassion for the rich. Infinite contempt for the poor.

      by edg on Mon May 09, 2011 at 09:16:55 AM PDT

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      •  It's a valid question (1+ / 0-)
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        And water management is an increasingly important issue.

        But I can't believe the environmental costs are less considering all this plastic ware is used once and then deposited in landfills and waterways where they persist for a very long time. And that doesn't even take into account the significant fossil fuel expenditure in producing the plastics in the first place.

        "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

        by Demi Moaned on Mon May 09, 2011 at 11:10:37 AM PDT

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