Considering Living in a World of Plastic Utensils & Paper Plates

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by HappyDude20, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. HappyDude20 macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    Ive moved into a beautiful apartment/house on the upper most floor overlooking my university campus. The view is stunning, not to mention the incredible ample space this place provides. It's even located on the main street where students cross to and from class.

    The only rub is that the kitchen is a bit of a mess. It's four guys living under one roof, with no one taking responsibility for dishes.

    A year prior I was living in the dorms on campus where meal plans and swipes were a daily thing, never having to worry about where to throw away the pizza boxes and paper cups.

    This summer I was living with a girl who I was sorta seeing and she would spoil me. I'd never clean and she did it all.

    Here now, at this apartment the dishes seem just nasty and the utensils look like they either haven't been cleaned in years, or as if they've been used thoroughly everyday.

    I'm considering just purchasing a hundred pack of paper plates and eating through that method. Same with cups. Red cups.

    I'm not a fan of this admittedly considering I'm the type of guy that doesn't like to litter and roots for the greeness of the earth.. But boy does it seems like an easier alternative.
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    So, if you decide to eat with disposal utensils, won't the problem of dirty dishes and trash continue to pile up (pun intended :p) and smell the place up due to the other guys living there and not cleaning up after themselves?
  3. FrankieTDouglas macrumors 65816

    Mar 10, 2005
    I've lived like that for the past year. Never have time to handwash dishes, and I'm rarely home enough anyway to even eat my meals there. But the plastic cups, plates, and silverware make life much simpler and easier when I do.
  4. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Honestly, I am with 3 other guys in an apartment right now, and our rule is whoever uses the dishes to cook or eat cleans them. I know that sounds stupid since the person that cooks shouldn't have to clean, but we rarely all are in the apartment together eating at the same time so most of the time we just cook for ourselves. If someone who cooks REALLY has **** to do then the others pick up the slack if they are half decent people. Just be reasonable. Schedules will never be followed so this is the best way to do it.

    I am not a huge fan of the disposable product culture. I shave with a straight edge razor, I don't use paper plates or cups, I don't use garbage bags, instead just use a large garbage bin that I wash with a hose every time I dump it out, and I like to use wash clothes instead of paper towels. It's bad for the environment and gets more expensive than just taking care of your stuff and using reusable products. Plus I don't know about you, but eating with paper plates and plastic cups doesn't feel as good or "premium" as using the real thing.
  5. puma1552 macrumors 603

    Nov 20, 2008
    paper plates FTW, and im married and almost 30
  6. Andeavor macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2010
    Invest in a dish washer. You can get portable ones. Some of them might be a bit pricey but you can take it with you when you move out.
  7. leftywamumonkey macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2010
    This may sound weird, but I actually prefer plastic utensils.
    I live in a normal house with silverware, but I just don't like the "taste" that comes with the metal. So I actually prefer plastic forks and especially plastic spoons.
  8. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    I knew a married couple who left their dirty dishes build up for so long they couldn't stand the thought of cleaning them. They through them away and bought a new set from ikea.
    Have you considered the environmental impact? Seriously have a house meeting and don't live like animals. Clean up when you have finished eating or get a dishwasher as Macaroony said.
  9. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    After reading what you wrote, it seems to me that you intended to quote the OP with this response rather than me. Am I right?
  10. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Yes, sorry. Doing multiple things at once right now. :p
  11. 0098386 Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    A bunch of my old uni friends did that, worked for them! But it's not for me. As others have pointed out this is a problem that needs tackling. If you subtract your mess, then the pile will continue to grow, just a bit slower. It'll still be a messy place to live.

    Stop it and tidy up.
  12. G51989 macrumors 68030


    Feb 25, 2012
    NYC NY/Pittsburgh PA
    I did that for a solid 10 years, because when it comes to cleaning. I'm highly lazy when it comes to dish's, in fact. i still do it from time to time. Like when I order a pizza, I just eat it right out of the box. Screw dish's.

    Plus, if you buy the generic garbage store brand, its not very expensive either ( I bought like 1000 plates for 15 dollars )
  13. JoeG4 macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2002
    Bay Area, Ca.
    You can get stainless steel utensils from walmart - $1 gets you 4... if you really want to have your own set. For $5 you can have pretty much everything you need xD

    On the plus side, there may just be some combination of disposable + reusable that works for you. I'm all for keeping it simple! Avoid the foam plates if you can, they are the cheapest but they're really bad for the environment, take up more space in the garbage, and tend to get holes in them from forks and knives and stuff.
  14. eric/ Guest


    Sep 19, 2011
    Ohio, United States
    Just get some cheap dishes and wash them when you use them.

    Buying and replacing plastic utensils is not only a large cost over time, it's going to have a negative impact on the environment, as all that plastic is just piling up.

    Maybe it's a hassle, but you should definitely go with reusable dishes. You should also quit using plastic water bottles and stuff like that. You save money over time and it helps the environment. Set an example for your roommates.
  15. sikkinixx macrumors 68020


    Jul 10, 2005
    Rocketing through the sky!
    Wow people are lazy. Washing dishes, especially simple ones like plates and utensils takes a few minutes. Honestly.
  16. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. Get some cheap dishes from Wal Mart, Target, etc and use them. Less expensive and better in the long run.
  17. rei101 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2011
    I am 37, live in an studio apartment by myself. I only use one plate, one coup and the fork and knife.

    By experience the kitchen is the mayor problem with roomates. Mostly because they are lazy or they are used to mommy cleaning dishes and do not want to grow up.

    What you have to do is to seat down...

    Every body space and time is valuable, specially living conditions and there is something called RESPECT, and farting "because I pay the rent and I have the right" is not respect, is being a looser to say the least.

    Each person need to have their own set of dishes and they have to have them clean or if they have them dirty to keep them in their room PERIOD!

    No one has to buy extra thing just because others are lazy.

    Try to make the most positive approach and print and place the rule with the signature of everybody. If they do not fallow, they will have to leave.
  18. JoeG4 macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2002
    Bay Area, Ca.
    As an aside, you could always get color coded stuff xD
  19. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I'm sorry, but.....only in America. I don't think I've ever heard of something like this, but judging from the responses in this thread, it's more common than one might think.

    And this is their future.
  20. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    Is it really that difficult to wash a plate, fork, and knife after you eat? Seriously, that takes like a minute.
  21. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

    Jun 9, 2009
    SI, NY
    I agree with this guy. If you don't have a dish washer you have to wash it in the sink, it takes 5 seconds.
  22. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    I had the same problem with a roommate. I moved.
  23. senseless macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2008
    Pennsylvania, USA
    Paper plates with metal utensils is a good eco-compromise. I've been to a few frat houses and wonder how these guys don't wind up with salmonella on a regular basis.
  24. malman89 macrumors 68000

    May 29, 2011
    Yeah or Ikea, or Target, or almost anywhere. No excuse to not own real plates and utensils.

    Then again, sounds like the OP lives for not cleaning dishes too, from that cushy dorm life to a mothering girlfriend. So maybe just stick to the disposable stuff.
  25. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
    for a college student, go for it.

    for me personally, i can't stand eating or drinking from disposal products. call me a snob, but that's just my preference. we bust out the paper goods maybe 3 times a year when there are more than 12 people over for dinner.

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