So the real reason that compostables are better than plastic is that they are better for the health of human beings (and other animals). Over time, they also take up less space in landfills. And that’s only looking at the disposal part of the cycle; a quick look at how a plastic plate is made, versus how one is made from natural materials that biodegrade, shows that the creation process for plastics creates more toxic waste too (though due to the size of production facilities — essentially the scale of production — plastics may use less energy to create).
I know, it’s a lot to think about the next time you get your friends together for chips and drinks and you’re looking for some plates for the apps. I would definitely buy Bambu plates if I absolutely HAD to use disposables. But if you want to save money and really be environmentally friendly, use real dishes and get your friends to help you wash up. A lot of our conveniences are just that — not really necessary. I regularly entertain both indoors and out, and I use the real stuff when I do. If you are afraid of ruining your plates or kids breaking them, consider thirfting some extra plates (Goodwill always has fun prints available that you can mix and match) and storing them for parties. Disposable ANYthing is never as good as reusable objects, at least when it comes to the planet.