disposable or reusable?

Discussion in 'Camping Green' started by edgeuk8tr, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. sekmomof4

    sekmomof4 New Member

    Aug 14, 2015
    In the past we have always been reusable everything. We use our water bottles everywhere we go, and hardly ever use sposie anything. (although I do keep paper towels around for really icky stuff like cat barf [:(O] ) Otherwise at home we use cheap washcloths as napkins. We even do cloth diapers and cloth wipes! The only time I like sposie stuff is family get togethers so I can focus on time together and not the mess. So with that said- We are planning on keeping with no sposie stuff, and NEVER EVER styrofoam anything!!
  2. Halford

    Halford Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2011
    Santa Clarita, California
    I have both paper plates and Coleman metal/ceramic plates, depending on the time of the day. I also put foil on the stove folding covers so I do not have to wash them... I recycle the foil.
  3. bondebond

    bondebond New Member

    Aug 14, 2008
    Oh wow, you just brought back memories. We had that in our house during the 70s and 80s. Not sure what happened to it but I'm fairly convinced that there are on 10 sets of that flatware running around the planet but they keep getting sold/passed on/inherited to future owners.
  4. kitphantom

    kitphantom Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    Albuquerque, NM
    @bondebond-I didn't even start out to buy an entire set of Twin Star for the camper (actually bought it when we still had the pup), I just wanted to find some good quality iced tea spoons - the rest, as they say, is history (in more ways than one...)
  5. generok

    generok Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2013
    Anchorage, AK
    With the exception of mugs, steak knives, pots and utensils... we use paper plates and plasticware. Unfortunately, most CGs up here don't recycle... heck, a lot don't even have trash service. But, it's just quicker, cleaner, and generates less greywater that I can't dump at many sites. Honestly, it's just mostly easier.
  6. Indiana

    Indiana Just a bunch of squirrels, looking for a nut

    Mar 28, 2015
    I am with sekmomof4. I don't use disposables, camping or at home, even for parties. For camping each member of the family has one insulated mug, one large bowl, one plate, one fork knife and spoon. Simplifies storage and cleanup, and we don't make foods that require more than that. I have one roll of paper towels in our mess kit that we not used up in years of camping trips. My only use for a paper towel is to wipe out a particularly greasy pot in order to use less soap at cleanup.

    I really enjoy being as minimalist as possible, and generating as little trash as possible.
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  7. Mimito12!

    Mimito12! New Member

    Mar 1, 2015
    When we camp with the kids and grandkids I use disposable plates and silverware for most of everything, except for coffee,then it is mugs. But when it is just my DH and me, then I use the dishes that i bought at Sam's. I merely clean everything off, then wash them using Mrs. Meyers soap
  8. astronomynv

    astronomynv 98 Starcraft Constellation 1021 TV 93 Ford Bronco

    May 13, 2010
    I would say 95% if what we use is non-disposable. What we can't reuse we will either recycle it or if it's safe to burn we will burn it. All of our dishes, cups, bowls are enamel and our forks and knifes are metal.
  9. BirdsNest

    BirdsNest Active Member

    Jun 12, 2017
    If we are doing something greasy, like bacon or hamburgers, then we'll use paper plates and just toss them in the campfire. But we try to use reusable dishes whenever it won't be a big hassle to clean them up at the campsite.
  10. Katskamper

    Katskamper Active Member

    Nov 21, 2015
    Fort Worth, TX
    both. I stocked the pup with good dishes, cups, pots & pans (1940s Revere Ware with copper bottoms, purchased at yard sale for $2 each!) Melamine plates, plastic and metal cups that get washed. real flatware. my sink is so tiny, it barely holds 2 coffee cups. I have melted holes in several plastic wash tubs when putting a hot pan in. I found a food service steamer tray pan in stainless steel that now serves as the wash sink. and I can reheat the dishwater in the same pan. paper plates end up in the firepit.
  11. Halford

    Halford Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2011
    Santa Clarita, California
    I like to call the recyclable plate a "Burnable" plate.
  12. durhamcamper

    durhamcamper Active Member

    Apr 21, 2010
    Pickering, Ontario
    We mostly use Corel dishes , except for the occasional meal such as a burger. If paper plates are used, they go into the fire. We only use actual cutlery, never plastic.
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  13. Byrd_Huntr

    Byrd_Huntr Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2013
    We use hard plastic plates and mugs, with light metal flatware and carry two dish tubs and a drying rack for the picnic table.
  14. kitphantom

    kitphantom Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    Albuquerque, NM
    Now that we have the TT, where all the food and related supplies don't have to fit in boxes, we keep tweaking our supplies each season. Some experiments work, some don't. We do often use paper plates, especially for quick meals or when we need a larger plate. After a couple of trips to the Fiestaware factory, we have some seconds that are now in the camper - soup bowls, mugs, and new for this season, if we can find a place to put them, soup plates.
    I have paper platters, handy for pot lucks. Collapsible mixing/serving bowls, also very handy.
    I'm going to do a major reassessment and reorganization of the 3 cupboards and the food boxes before camping season begins.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2018
  15. penny

    penny Active Member

    Nov 9, 2017
    both of our campers are stocked with paper and throw away as well as reusable. we do tend to use throw away glasses, but don't throw away till end of trip, unless sticky or dirty. just mark with name and reuse, mostly water. for me, it is more about water use than time. if we are eating something that is a real mess to clean, probably choose paper. I do always use a ceramic coffee mug and real cutlery, that is easy to wash up with water saving methods. If water is available near where we are camped, I like using real dishes. yes, melamine. it is easy to find again, and yes, thrift stores make stocking a camper kitchen a lot of fun.
  16. myride

    myride Active Member

    May 14, 2015
    Edmonton, AB
    Corelle and silverware ...nothing but the best...lol. indistructible and cheap.....save a tree...lol and if we find time is short, goes in the back of TV and washed at home.
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  17. Mrs Nuocmam

    Mrs Nuocmam New Member

    Mar 18, 2018
    Merced, CA
    I'm in the depends on the situation group. We have an annual family camping trip with 20+ people, and I don't have enough reusable for all of that! Nor do I want to have to clean up after everyone. My sister in law and I are the ones who are sticklers for that kind of thing anyway. Everyone else is content with the eat and dump method. When it's just my family and I, and maybe one other family, we do the reusable. I grew up with the reusable, so I think maybe it's just ingrained in me.
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  18. PointyCamper

    PointyCamper Active Member

    Nov 25, 2015
    Yeah, us too, we have hauled breakfast dishes home from most trips.
    I like to give the percolator a bath anyway.
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  19. JoePAz

    JoePAz Active Member

    Mar 28, 2017
    Phoenix, Arizona
    I nearly always use reusable stuff. The reason is not because I try to be green, but because with re-useable I never run out. I always have my stash of plates, silverware, etc. If I use paper then I am bound to run out and not have them. I always wash them good. That is the beauty of running hot water. Plus less garbage to haul around as many places I camp don't have garbage so I have to haul it out anyway.
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  20. Halford

    Halford Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2011
    Santa Clarita, California
    People use reusable dishes with unreusable water while others use disposables to save unreusable water.

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