How Plastic Plates Are Made

Plastic PlatesChances are we’ve all eaten off of a plastic plate at one time or another. They come in literally hundreds if not thousands of styles; from casual everyday plates to more elegant ones for special occasions. Plastic is the most commonly used material on the planet.

Plastic

• According to the site AmericanChemistry, it wasn’t until the mid 1900s that plastics became a major industry.
Plastic is created through polymerization, which is the linking of monomers (single units) to form polymers (multiple units). In other words, plastics are made up of multiple elements. There are many different kinds of plastic, some of which are used to make the plates from which we eat.

Polystyrene

• Most plastic plates are made from a material called polystyrene. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, polystyrene is a polymer of styrene, which is a compound of carbon and hydrogen.
It is possible to trace Polystyrene all the way back to 1839 when apothecary Eduard Simon isolated an oily substance from storax, a type of natural resin. Polystyrene was developed further during the late 1800s, but it wasn’t until the early to mid 1900s that it was used commercially.

Melamine

• Melamine resin is another kind of plastic from which plates are made. They are usually able to be reused, since the material is hard, thick and dishwasher safe. More elegant and dinnerware plates are generally made from melamine. To create the resin, melamine is combined with formaldehyde through polymerization, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. The compound is then heated and set in a mold, or “thermoset” to create plates.

Controversy and Dangers

• Because plastics are synthetic, they do not easily break down and decompose. As a result, there are loads of plastic plates (clear plastic plates, as well as colored) cluttering the landfills. There is also concern as to whether they are safe to eat from . In 2008 melamine caused a stir in when it was found in baby formula.

All plastics have raised some concern because of the presence of a compound called Besphynol A, or BPA. The Washington Post reported in 2009 that while nothing is conclusive, many experts believe BPA can cause harm. BPA has been shown to break down in the heat, leaking into food, liquid or whatever it is in contact with. As a result it is wise not to microwave plastic plates or expose them to heat for a long period of time, since this can cause BPA to break down faster.

Moving forward

• Plastic plates will likely continue to exist, but the types of plastic used to make them are already changing. Biodegradable plastics, or “green plastics” are made from more natural components such as starches and corn polymers. They are currently more expensive, but over time that should change as more people demand it.

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The Science Behind Transparent Plates

Transparant CupsPlastic plates are something everyone uses at some point as a convenient way to serve a lot of people at a large event, to have a meal away from home or to simply avoid doing dishes. We mostly take the plastic plate for granted, but though they’re disposable and very inexpensive, it’s still a complicated process to create the disposable dinnerware you use to hold hot dogs at your next barbeque.

Plastic plates are made of polystyrene, a synthetic polymer made from a liquid petrochemical (a chemical derived from petroleum). Polystyrene was discovered in 1893 by apothecary Eduard Simon when he distilled the resin of a Turkish sweetgum tree. After a few days, Simon noticed the liquid had thickened into a jelly-like form. By 1931, I. G. Farben began using this new monomer to manufacture polystyrene in Ludwigshafen, Germany. They found the substance could be molded using heat, and the age of modern disposable plastics began.

Today, polystyrene is used not just to make plastic plates, but also disposable cutlery, packaging materials and even the common CD “jewel” case. While polystyrene is typically transparent, it can also be dyed with colorants to create colored plastic as well. Interestingly, through injection molding, vacuum forming and other processes, polystyrene can also be made to take the form of harder, more rigid and durable plastics and even Styrofoam.

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The History of Cutlery

 

CutleryThe use of cutlery has been around since at least Ancient Egyptian times, when forks and other utensils were often used for cooking. Metal and bone cutlery has also been found in burial sites of the Bronze Age Qijia culture from 2400-1900 BCE as well as in tombs of Chinese dynasties. In Ancient Greece, forks and spoons were used as serving utensils, but it wasn’t until the Byzantine Empire in the 4th century CE when personal, table cutlery began to see widespread use. Aristocratic Persians used cutlery as well, and by the 10th century, the practice was common in the Middle East.

 

The use of cutlery spread to Italy by the 11th century but forks, knives and spoons weren’t commonly used in Western Europe until hundreds of years later, in the 16th century, when cutlery became an essential part of table etiquette. The use of forks, especially, was slow to spread to Northern Europe and Great Britain. The Roman Catholic Church even expressly forbid their use, decreeing “God in his wisdom has provided man with natural forks – his fingers. Therefore it is an insult to Him to substitute artificial metallic forks for them when eating,” in what was surely the last time the Catholic Church’s forbidding of technology made them seem behind the times.

 

By the 18th century, however, forks, knives and spoons had become common throughout Europe and even across the Atlantic in America. Today, cutlery can be made of just about anything and there is metal, wood and plastic silverware as well as various forms of disposable cutlery.

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What Do You Need for a Picnic?

The gorgeous weather has finally broken through winter’s clutch. The sun is shining, but it
94302as not too hot, and the spring breeze is quite pleasant. Do you know what this means? It is the perfect time to have a picnic. So pack your spouse, kids, and portable charcoal grill, and head on over to the park. Besides these essentials, here is a list of party-ware and other items you need to make the picnic an awesome one.

  • Dixie Paper Plates: You cannot just grab hot food fresh off the grill! You need paper plates to hold all the food you plan to eat. It will also make cleanup less messier.
  • Squared SOLO Cups: You want these particular cups because they are easier to place on the ground and are less likely to topple over and spill than its circular counterpart.
  • Plastic Cutlery: While you could bring your metal utensils with you, they are heavy and if you happen to lose one or two, these can be expensive to replace.With plastic cutlery, you can simply toss them after use.
  • Garbage Bags: Bring a few of these with you to toss your trash into; you do not want to be fined by the local authorities for littering.
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Paper Goods Lets You Enjoy the Party

gold disposable cupsThere are few things people love more than a good party. For most of us, the chance to invite our friends and family over for a night of good food, delicious drinks, laughter and merriment is a real treat. We love watching our friends mingle and laugh. We adore the looks of delight people express as they enjoy our cooking. As social creatures, these are the events that keep our spirits up and carry us through the rough waters of life.

What we dislike, however, is spending the majority of our party in the kitchen loading the dishwasher and wiping down serving plates and cutlery to use. And, what we like even less is the moment after everyone has left when we realize that we are in charge of cleaning all the plates, forks, knives, bowls and glasses people used over the evening. It can really take the joy out of entertaining.

Thankfully for us all, disposable silverware solves this problem. Investing in disposable plates, cutlery, silverware and glasses makes cleaning up after a night of entertaining as simple as filling kitchen garbage bags. You no longer have to spend hours cleaning up after your guests, or cleaning as you go, and can finally truly enjoy the party you worked so hard to put together.

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How Do We Exceed Customers’ Expectations?

disposable cutleryStepping back from talking about party goods and disposable cutlery, PaperGoods.com is committed to not only offering excellent products at affordable prices, but topnotch customer service as well. But customer service comes in many guises, so let us break it down for you.

  • We Will Answer Your Questions: This might seem like a no-brainer, but excellent customer service starts here and quite a number of our competitors miss this step. As a customer, it makes sense to think that since we sell product A or B, we are well informed about it, and we are! We will answer any questions you may have regarding any item we sell.
  • Connecting with Our Customers: Besides answering your questions and concerns, we respond to comments through our Contact Us page. You can even contact us toll-free at 1-800-714-8018 or via email at support@papergoods.com.
  • Our Inventory Is Up-To-Date: PaperGoods.com is proud to offer the latest products you need for your home. We always listen to customer feedback regarding what items they are most interested in, as well as doing our own research on the best items to sell. In doing so, we are able to provide you the items you want at the prices you can afford.
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Essential Cleaning Supplies To Have at Home

toilet tissueNo home is complete without cleaning supplies. From kids and pets to house guests, messes will eventually be made and need to be cleaned up. So if you have just moved into a new home or apartment and need ideas on what cleaning supplies you should get, here are a few recommendations.

  • Kleenex Pocket Tissues: These facial tissues come in handy, portable packs that you can use at home or on the road. If you have kids, give them a pack or two if they have a case of the sniffles; you do want them spreading germs around!
  • Brawny Towel Bundle 8 Pack: Brawny is a name you can trust when you are looking for paper towels. These are perfect for drying your hands, general spill cleanup, and for wiping down surfaces.
  • Marcal – Small Steps Soft & Strong: Small Steps toilet tissue paper is made from recycled paper but is strong and durable, and it is safe for any septic systems to handle.
  • Glad ForceFlex Strong Large Trash Bags: These 33 gallon bags are perfect for hosting large parties or when you have dinner guests. These bags are unique for their diamond texture that allows it to stretch to hold a large amount of garbage. It also has draw strings to make closing it up a breeze.
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What You Need To Set Up Your Party

paper goodsHave a party coming up? You will need a bunch of party goods to make sure everything goes well. Here is a list of what we recommend:

  • Plates & Bowls: Unless you want your guests to eat out of the pots and pans, you should stock up on paper plates and bowls your guests can use. Don’t forget the plastic cutlery as well! Washing dishes will be the last thing you want to do after a party.
  • Aluminum Pans: For cooked foods you want to keep warm for most of the night, nothing beats aluminum pans. Available in a number of sizes, they are perfect for the pasta, chicken, rice, and whatever food you have to offer; you can even wrap up small pans to give to guests as they leave!
  • Napkins: It is hard to keep yourself clean when food is involved, so buy a lot of napkins and paper towels to clean your hands. These also help to clean up any minor messes that might occur during the party.
  • Garbage Bags: A big party with a lot of food equals a lot of garbage. Whether you are hosting a small or large party, accumulating garbage is inevitable, so be prepared to collect everything in bags.
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What Is PaperGoods.com?

disposable cutleryPaperGoods.com came into fruition when one man and his childhood friend came to together to solve a problem: offering paper goods in any quantity to families and homemakers without having to pay high retail prices.

Backed by topnotch customer service, PaperGoods.com is the source for disposable cutlery, paper items, disposable dinnerware, plastic dinnerware, garbage bags, and other household needs. Drawing from our own personal experiences, smaller families can benefit from discounted goods without having to buy so much stuff!

Call us if you are in need of tableware for your next party. From floral designs to stripes, we can offer fun patterns for your party. We even have clear plastic ice buckets and dessert bowls to make sure every delicious course is covered. Our plastic plates are available in a variety of colors, which makes them suitable for themed parties.

For a bit more formal occasions, take a look at our selection of gold-colored plates, aluminum trays, and elegant servingware. These are perfect for crackers and cheese, mixed vegetables, nuts, and other appetizers.

Trying to stock up on paper towels and toilet paper for the home? We have all of those as well!

Our selection is superb and our prices can’t be beat. To check out all our items, visit PaperGoods.com today.

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Paper Goods For The Office 

Over the past year or so we have received loads and loads of emails requesting that we add
a new category specifically for offices .

We are proud to present to you our brand new OFFICE category!

We have already added over a hundred products and will be adding many many more in the coming months! Please email any requests or suggestions to support@papergoods.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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After an enjoyable and relaxing weekend, the last thing that you want to do is run to the grocery store.  Checkout lines are universally and notoriously long, and the more items you have, the more time you spend in the store.

To reduce the time that you spend in the grocery store, you should buy items such paper products online. Buying paper products and party goods online enables you to have enough time to enjoy your free time. For example, instead of shopping for your break-room paper goods, you can actually get ahead on your work load!

Instead of running to the grocery store to buy paper towels, toilet tissue, etc., have these items delivered to your office. Doing this will enable you buy these items in bulk without having to carry them home; rather, they get delivered directly to your office door.

Shopping online enables you to focus on the more enjoyable aspects of your free time, so that you may relax and rejuvenate your spirits during your break from work. And, when you have an extra stress-free 30 minutes, you will return to your job better prepared to handle its demands.

To start shopping for paper goods and other products, visit the Paper Goods office page.

 

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