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> Paper Or Real, Do you use Paper plates or Regular Plates?
Paper/Plastic or Regular?
What kind of dinnerware do you carry?
Paper/Chinet (including recycled products) [ 13 ] ** [43.33%]
Plastic-Disposable [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
Hard Plastic [ 8 ] ** [26.67%]
Ceramic, Stoneware, etc. [ 8 ] ** [26.67%]
Fine China! Only the best in our RV! [ 1 ] ** [3.33%]
We're camping! We use what we can find. [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
What kind of flatware do you carry?
Plastic Toss Away after one use [ 4 ] ** [13.33%]
Stiffer Plastic, reuse couple times, toss [ 2 ] ** [6.67%]
stainless steel/gold plated stainless [ 22 ] ** [73.33%]
Silver! Only the best in our RV! [ 2 ] ** [6.67%]
We're camping! We use our fingers! [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
What do you drink beverages in?
Paper/Styrofoam [ 1 ] ** [3.33%]
Disposable Plastic (can reuse, then toss) [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
Hard Plastic [ 15 ] ** [50.00%]
Glassware [ 8 ] ** [26.67%]
Fine Crystal! Only the best in our RV! [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
We're camping! We drink from the bottle. [ 6 ] ** [20.00%]
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post Jul 4 2008, 12:01 PM
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I started this thread (and poll) as an "idle curiousity" question. "Just wondering...." Well, those who responded were so passionate about their choices, and whether or not each choice was the "green" choice, I decided to put it in an article. I do occasionally write for Jaime Hall and Alize Zyetz's "RV Lifestyles" E-zine. They needed an article for their next issue, and this issue filled the need. So, I sent in an article. Don't worry, I didn't use any "names." Like I said, it didn't start out to be a potential article, but people were so passionate about their choices, I just had to make an article!

If you want to read it when it's posted, let me know!'

The article is the combined reponses from this forum and one other forum.

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post Jul 5 2008, 12:03 PM
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After we first started in our trailer (and filled the grey water tank at a state park too early in the trip), we went to paper. Since then, we went to washing the pots and pans outside in tubs. This trip I dug out the plates, etc. Since I was already washing at breakfast and supper (lunch is always sandwiches), it was no problem to wash these (saved up the lunch plates to wash at suppertime).

I did take enough paper bowls and cups to get us out the last morning (cereal day).

Real plates, cups, bowls, and flatware from now on (except for last morning).


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post Jul 5 2008, 05:16 PM
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QUOTE(HappiestCamper @ Jul 5 2008, 11:03 AM) *

After we first started in our trailer (and filled the grey water tank at a state park too early in the trip), we went to paper. Since then, we went to washing the pots and pans outside in tubs. This trip I dug out the plates, etc. Since I was already washing at breakfast and supper (lunch is always sandwiches), it was no problem to wash these (saved up the lunch plates to wash at suppertime).

I did take enough paper bowls and cups to get us out the last morning (cereal day).

Real plates, cups, bowls, and flatware from now on (except for last morning).


I've made that mistake on dry camping, too! (Fill the grey tank too early.) My last RV had TWO grey tanks, that was nice! My current only had ONE grey tank, dry.gif , I miss the second grey tank! However, when washing dishes in a tub (which is what I do when dry camping), I discovered you can throw the dishwater on plants, and soapy water is good for plants. Something about the soap repelling bugs..... So, I do that, and I feel "green." The water is not being wasted.

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post Jul 12 2008, 05:51 PM
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I carry paper plates, but use my stainless or melamine plates most of the time. The metal plates are easiest to wipe off ( I use a paper towel to clean off the plate before washing in the sink)
For bowls I use corning ware as they can go in the microwave. A couple of Pyrex casserole dishs round out my microwave safe cookware.
Cast iron skillet 9 inch and 6 inch for indoors, and around a 12 inch for over the campfire. I don't use the smaller ones outside as the soot they collect over the fire is hard to clean off the counters.
Sauce pan I have a faberware plus a small anodized aluminum pot from gsi for heating water in the morning.
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post Jul 13 2008, 12:19 AM
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Hi BiGKaT.

Put liquid dishwashing soap on the outside of your "campfire" cooking pots/pans and let it dry before use. Most of the soot will wipe off on a paper towel--and the rest will come off with regular washing.

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Cast iron skillet 9 inch and 6 inch for indoors, and around a 12 inch for over the campfire. I don't use the smaller ones outside as the soot they collect over the fire is hard to clean off the counters.
Sauce pan I have a faberware plus a small anodized aluminum pot from gsi for heating water in the morning.



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post Jul 28 2008, 03:37 PM
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This poll started out as "idle curiosity." But when I saw how passionate people were about their choices, it was worthy of an article. I have written a few articles for RV Lifestyles E-Zine, which is from the people who have the RVHometown.com web site (Jaimie Hall and Alyce Zyetz). I also ran this poll on RVtravel.com.

The article was published in the July 14 issue. Here is the article, from the E-Zine (the E-zine isn't in their archives yet, so I can't put a link to the entire E-zine):

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GUEST COLUMN: Paper or Plastic: the RV Dinnerware Dilemma by JJ Dippel

What should we use in our RVs for our dinnerware? Paper or Plastic? I recently posted this topic on two different RV forums. The reasons for the choices are compelling. In general, RV travelers are conscientious about the “green” factor and are certain that their choice is the “green” choice. The options range among paper, acrylic plastic, Corelle™, ceramic stoneware, and even fine china!

A majority of RV travelers who provided opinions on the forums choose either Corelle™ or acrylic plastic because the dinnerware is lightweight, durable and washable. Thus it will not contribute to the garbage in landfills.

On the other hand, a significant number of travelers choose paper plates and argue that by using paper, they consume less washing water, which conserves resources especially when dry camping. Further, they make an effort to purchase recycled products as well as products that are easily disintegrated in the landfills. The choice for paper products is based on the convenience factor.

Some travelers choose to carry both paper and real dinnerware. They use plastic or Corelle™ for indoor dining and paper for football tailgate parties and other outdoor occasions.

Whether paper plates are a green option or not, they are usually accompanied by polystyrene plastic cutlery, a definite threat to landfills since they do not easily break down—some can last for hundreds of years. If you are using the sturdier plastic cutlery with your paper plates, you can try to be “greener” by washing and re-using them before disposing or, better still, use regular stainless cutlery.

What do you use when you’re out RVing?
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post Jul 28 2008, 03:50 PM
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Nice work, JJ.
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