The Best Disposable Plates

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The Best Disposable Plates
Disposable plates are used for parties or outdoor get-togethers. (David Woolley/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

The best disposable plates are variable depending on your needs, the purpose of the plates and the event requiring the plates. Options range from clear or white plates to plates with bright colours or designs. The materials are also different depending on the plate, so the best plate for personal needs might differ from the best plate for others.


Some plates are made from plastic materials, typically in the case of plates with a high shine or clear plates. Other plates are made from eco-friendly materials like recycled paper or bamboo. The best materials are usually eco-friendly options because they are durable, recyclable, do not contain any heavy metals and will not harm the environment. Other plates, like plastic varieties, are possibly a good option, but you should always look to find out how brittle they are and ensure that the plates do not have heavy metals.

Colours and Designs

The best colours and designs depend on the event the plates are used in. For example, for a child's birthday party, the best plates are those suiting the birthday theme, a favourite cartoon character or bright and fun colours. For more formal events, like outdoor weddings or a get-together, the best colour options might be clear or black with elegant designs. Anything in the middle, like a barbecue, a family reunion or even a picnic in the park, can have colourful plates, plain white or black plates or any preferred designs.

Shapes and Compartments

The shapes and compartments of disposable plates are completely up to personal preferences. The shape options for any disposable plates are round or square. In the case of compartments, plates can either have a plain and flat appearance or three separate areas: one large and two smaller. Compartment plates are convenient for meals like turkey and gravy, with mashed potatoes and peas, where guests might not want foods mixing.


Eco-friendly disposable plates are an option available to anyone who has an interest in saving the environment. The plates are biodegradable and will break down easily when thrown away, rather than lasting for a long period of time in a landfill. The eco-friendly options are typically made of recycled materials or recyclable materials, so they can also go into a recycling bin if you prefer. They are thicker than the basic paper plate and often have numerous style options.


Disposable-plate prices depend on the materials and the number of plates you choose. For example, at the time of publication, you can buy basic paper plates in packs of 60 to 100 for around 60p or £1.30. Other materials will often increase the price, such as £3 or £3 for eight to 10 biodegradable or eco-friendly plates, or around £16 for 100 to 125 plastic plates. Always look at the number of guests and determine how much you can afford for the plates before deciding which type to buy.

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