Compostable plates are the best choice for the earth and for your budget. They provide a large variety of colors, designs, sizes, and styles to match almost any theme or event. Disposable plates can also be very elegant because they can be shaped and even feel and look almost like glass. If you are having a party or even feeding your family over time, these are much less expensive than maintaining fine china. There is also little to no stress in them breaking and the clean up is so simple that children will help as well. You can teach your child to help mommy and daddy early on and they will easily dispose of their plate when they finish eating. If you've ever seen the show Nanny 911 or Supernanny you may have noticed that child rearing is not the easiest thing to do. Letting your child clean up after themselves is a great way to build trust and responsibility in them.
Also, the environment and our wonderful earth will thank you. Did you know that Americans discard over 2.5 billion Styrofoam or plastic cups or plates per year? Also, this does not break down easily. The chemicals in plastics can contaminate our water supplies. The smart, healthy, and cost efficient choice is definitely to use compostable plates as oppose to the traditional fine china. The average monthly water bill is about $51.00. For one person, you can pay only about $6.00 for 50 disposable paper plates. It will add up very quickly and help deduct from your water and electric bill very quickly. Just think if you only used disposable utensils and plates/cups you would save hundreds a year on water and electricity. It's best to make sure that they are biodegradable or compostable, though, because otherwise you will also be rapidly killing the environment and all of the disposables you use will end up in a landfill. The non-biodegradable counterparts can take years to decompose whereas the biodegradable ones can take just a few months. The proper choice is quite obvious when you both consider your families needs and the needs of other families as well as the health of planet earth.
Did you ever consider that the objects you use on a regular basis may harm our atmosphere and even kill many innocent animals? Most people don't look at things that way. It's easy to miss sometimes, and that is unfortunate. Take the time with your husband/wife and children and discuss with them your new habit of taking care of the wild; becoming environmentally conscious, aware, and friendly, and act in such a way that makes them look up to you and want to emulate you for your hard work and kind deeds. It doesn't take much other than a slight change from plastics to compostable paper plates and cups. The return is immense, and believe it or not, you will make a huge difference with just this simple change alone. Good luck and keep helping the environment be at its healthiest!