Why Paper Plates Are My Guilty Pleasure

Brooke Duke

Like any good human, I care about the environment and I want to make choices that reflect that. I use a stainless steel straw in my water bottle, I don’t do laundry as often as I could so that’s obviously saving water, I never buy styrofoam anything, and since I work from home I don’t drive to and from an office every day. I used to do even more, but then I became a parent. And I have this one thing I just can’t quit, despite sometimes feeling guilty about it.

Paper plates.

When I was in the hospital giving birth to my daughter, my parents and grandmother came to my house and cleaned it top to bottom and bought us some things to have on hand for those first few weeks postpartum. (Which was amazing, by the way.) One of the things they got us was paper plates. Prior to that I never used paper plates unless we were having a big party or something. But let me tell you, I was so thankful to have them postpartum when I was always starving but definitely not wanting to do dishes.

It took us quite a while to go through them all, and once we did I realized… I was going to buy more. Yeah, we still use our glass plates for most things. But having the option of paper plates when I’m busy, or the sink is already full, or all the plates are dirty and I forgot to run the dishwasher? That option is worth its weight in gold to me.

I’m not sure what the impact of some paper plates on the environment is, but I know its impact on my sanity and it is huge. So, at least for now, I’m going to continue indulging in this one guilty pleasure. And maybe not feel so guilty about it.

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