Solo Disposable Dinnerware is Eco Friendly??

June 14, 2012

I mean, I could definitely see it coming – with all of the companies jumping onto the ‘green’ bandwagon – it’s only a matter of time before a great company like Solo – who provides us with awesome options for disposable dinnerware – would jump right in.


Solo recently sent me a picnic package – including their new ‘Bare by Solo’ product line.   It was in perfect time too, because some friends were having a huge multi-family garage sale and there were about 15 of us that needed to eat lunch!

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I’m pretty sure I don’t have to convince you all of how awesome it is to use disposables vs. spending all day washing dishes…

But how environmentally friendly is it?

To showcase their commitment to sustainability and spread the word about making smart dinnerware choices, Solo recently hit the streets of Chicago to Celebrate Earth Day with a Solo ‘Garden’ parade float made out of Solo Cups. 

Check out their video here, it’s pretty neat!

It all seems pretty good – except, that my Bare by Solo plates were all broken like this.  They kind-of… shattered.  I’m sure it’s more the exception than the rule. Probably had something to do with the two toddlers in my house… photo 2 We decided to give them a try anyway – and they seemed to work ok.  We heated a hot dog on one of the plates, and I was worried that the juices of the hot dog might … melt… the plate – being that the plate is compostable – But it didn’t.  Open-mouthed smile

One of my favorite items from Solo is their ‘My Solo Cup’.  So often at parties I’m working so hard on the food – and constantly reminding people to write their names on their cups.  I put out several permanent markers – but almost always they get misplaced. 

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This way, it’s FUN to write your name on the cup!

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And with the summer months upon us, it’s the biggest time of the year for my family to enjoy get-togethers, BBQ’s, picnics, camping, and more where we would typically use disposables. 

So why shouldn’t our options for disposables be eco-friendly?

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  1. I would love to try the new solo plates and cups

  2. April Drew says:

    I have a large family and we tend to use disposable tableware for most of our get-togethers.

  3. liberty boblett says:

    We use disposable dishware from time to time. W/the Solo cups, you have to be sure to write your name on them before putting in cold beverages. I really like the idea of just scratching your name on it instead of having to use a Sharpie.

  4. Debra L. Guillen says:

    I love disposable dishware for picnics and BBQs

  5. I love the idea. We usually write names on our cups with sharpies, and wash them over and over! compostable is a great idea.

  6. Margaret Smith says:

    I love the easy of using disposable dinnerware.

  7. We like to be eco-responsible, but whenever we host a family get together, we use disposable. I don’t even have enough real plates for everyone to use, so disposable plates and cups are a must. I will have to check those compostable plates out. Oh, and I love those Solo scratch your name in cups! No one ever uses the sharpie I lay out (except me!) so this would be a great thing to use instead!

  8. tracy davis says:

    We like to use it at picnics

  9. Penny Snyder says:

    Love them for picnics with family!

  10. nannypanpan says:

    i like the thought of it, because paper is so much easier for big get togethers

  11. Stephanie Gregory says:

    When my dishwasher went out we had to resort to disposable dinnerware. I just couldn’t keep up! Thank you for the chance.

  12. LaTanya says:

    I love disposable products especially for parties

  13. suburban prep says:

    I love disposable dishes. I grew up the oldest of 7 siblings and we did not have a dishwasher but me and I hate doing the dishes now. I do have a dishwasher now but when we have my family over we still are handwashing dishes.

  14. I use disposable, but only when we are away from home.

  15. For large parties, especially outdoors & when we have kids over, I can’t see using anything but disposable. I can’t risk the china getting smashed.

  16. Stacey B says:

    I love that disposable dish wear clears up my sink and dishwasher from being full of dirty dishes! use and throw away!

  17. I think it is good idea for certain reasons. After having a baby or being ill, while pregnant the days you just can’t swing it all, camping, birthday parties. I luv them to be honest. Someday I’ll get to that part of being eco friendly but not yet!
    Gladys P
    sps1113 at yahoo dot com

  18. Harmony B says:

    Dispoable dishware is a must have for outdoor gatherings

  19. Tari Lawson says:

    I like the convenience but sometimes the quality is lacking.

  20. Ann Fantom says:

    I use disposable dishware for all of our family picnics and get togethers because it makes clean up very easy.

  21. crystle tellerday says:

    i love disposable dishes

  22. paige chandler says:

    I love disposable dinnerware. Especially with kids that wont wash a dish and a home with lots of outdoor pool parties.

  23. Christine says:

    Love them for picnics

  24. Never have liked it for steaks or other foods that need cut with a sharp knife.

  25. EMMA L HORTON says:


  26. elven johnson says:

    I offer them for daily use but most of the time we don’t use them unless it’s a party or something. My hippie BF love to make me do more dishes. LOL

  27. kristen m says:

    I love using disposable dish ware for events at my house, especially bbqs, it saves SO much time and work.

  28. i like disposable products especially for picnics with the family

  29. Jessica Gratz says:

    I am always using disposable dish ware for Birthday parties and it makes it so much easier when there are so many people.

  30. Jessica T. says:

    We use disposable dishware when we have family over for meals and at birthday parties or cookouts. It makes it so much easier!

  31. Jennifer McKay says:

    I love disposable dishware for on the road picnics on long trips. Even better if is biodegradable.

  32. Margot C says:

    OK, that cup is one of the best ideas I have ever seen.

  33. Debbie Ellis says:

    I have 9 Grand kids and they are here all the time, so I love to use Solo cups, saves on me doing a lot of dish washing.

  34. Stephanie Hungerford says:

    I feel like disposable dishes are a necessary evil. For large gatherings, and for those that may be to ill to do the house work required to wash dishes.

  35. Disposable items have their uses. If nothing else, for large gatherings, I simply just don’t have enough of the real stuff to go around. And they are much safer outside next to the pool.

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

  36. Karen Ring says:

    Disposable items are great! We use them all the time. It is easier when we are so busy!

  37. We don’t use disposable much, but I think it’s great that the Solo company is starting to think about being eco friendly. I would love to try it out!

  38. brandy g. says:

    I love the easy of using disposable dinnerware. I don’t have to wash any dishes!

  39. melina r says:

    strong disposable dinnerware is great because usually there will be no mess to clean up

  40. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    We don’t use disposables on a daily basis…but I love them for parties!

  41. Deborah Wallin says:

    I like to be green and rarely use disposable. However, on picnics and family reunions, they come in so handy.

  42. Laura Jacobson says:

    We use it almost TOO often! It is so easy for clean up and makes life so much easier on the hectic days!

  43. Joanne R. says:

    We’ve found a drive-in somewhat near our house and we always take our own food and, of course, disposable poducts. I always worry about what they do with our trash when they empty the trash cans. With this, I won’t have to worry about ours…just everyone elses!

  44. Denise B. says:

    I use it all the time when we have parties. It’s just so much easier to clean up.

  45. Tabathia B says:

    I use it especially now with the kids out of school to save time on dishes

  46. Suzanne B. says:

    In the summer it is a life saver. So many people coming and going I would never have all of the dishes washed or enough at times.

  47. christine jessamine says:

    i love it! saves on doing dishes

  48. Shawna Hehr says:

    Sometime disposables are just the way to go! I love not have to cart back dishes from a picnic or outing and why spend all that time with dishes insted of visiting when you have company over – solo makes great products and I can’t wait to try the Bare line as well as the my solo cup!

  49. What is not to love about them. LOL I don’t like the flimsy paper plates. Too many memories of accidents. Solo really holds up well and you never have to worry. Love the stuff.

  50. Denise C says:

    I do feel wasteful when I use disposable things like this, but you can’t deny the convenience. And I figure I’m at least saving water 🙂

  51. Traci Lynn Butler says:

    I try to avoid disposable dishware because of the environmental impact – a more eco-friendly option would be nice

  52. Kimberly R says:

    Its great for parties or picnics.

  53. Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith) says:

    I love it, it cuts down on washing dishes, I don’t have a dish washer.
    thanks for the giveaway

  54. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    It’s really handy on days when we are super busy or sick!

  55. Sherry Compton says:

    My family uses disposable plates often. They’re easy to pack in lunches and great for sandwiches and chips. Haven’t tried these solo ones but love those cups.

  56. Katie R says:

    I love disposable dishware for large get togethers when normal dishware is impractical

  57. I like to use disposable dishware for parties and when we have a simple dinner like sandwiches or pizza.

  58. Karen Gonyea says:

    I prefer not to use disposable dishware to help the environment, but it seems that it is too easy to not use for some occasions !!

  59. Debbie Ellis says:

    I really like disposable dishes. I have 9 Grandkids that eat here all the time so it is helpful.

  60. amanda alvarado says:

    They are a necessary evil here when we have family BBQs or parties! We don’t have enough regular dishes for everyone! LOL

  61. Kyl Neusch says:

    like to use them at picnics

  62. Susan F says:

    I use disposable dishes at work sometimes.

  63. Ken Robinson says:

    I’m not oppose to washing dishes but sometimes the quick and easy way wins out. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

  64. Anthony says:

    Disposable dishware is great when bbqing

  65. heather says:

    love it!!!

  66. Leslie Galloway says:

    I love disposable plates and cups. When we’re super busy and might otherwise go out for dinner, sometimes I can convince myself to cook if I let us use disposables… that way at least you don’t have to wash up after!

    Facebook Name: Leslie Galloway (

  67. Lora Lea says:

    Solo cups and dinnerware are a way of life around our house, we could not make it without them

  68. Katherine Short says:

    If I’m going to use disposable dishwear, I generally use paper because it can be easily disposed of in a campfire, mulch pile, or fireplace. But sometimes you need the sturdier plastics, for meals beyond burgers and chips. I think this is a great product

  69. Jennifer says:

    I had no idea there was a product like this out there! I would never had dreamed of reusing plastic ware! This looks great!

  70. Paula Michele Hafner says:

    Nothing beats a red solo cup! 🙂 Even iced water taste better in them. I like that solo brand is sturdy.

  71. I have a love hate relationship with disposable products. I love how handy they are, but I hate all the trash.

  72. i will use them for bbq’s & picnics only

  73. Danielle Papsis says:

    That’s great that Solo has joined the ranks to become “green”. Now all those Frat parties won’t be quite so bad for the environment!

  74. We use the toss aways more for busy nights than we even do for family get to gethers throughout the year. Honestly I don’t like using a ton of them that end in trash or landfills but they are SO convenient. I love the no leaks ones for kids especially!


  75. Paula Tavernie says:

    I love to use when we have a picnic somewhere and unable to wash the dishes and its so much easier to clean up!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  76. Britt Brill says:

    I love disposable wares for events that I host outside! Would also love to try the new solo cups!

  77. Cristen says:

    I have a big family with 4 kids so disposable works great! Love solo

  78. Miz Vickik says:

    I used to not think about it at all, but lately I really do try to avoid buying anything totally disposable, especially if it’s short-lived. So I am all for anything biodegradable, which is actually much better than recyclable. But every little bit helps.

  79. Carolyn Daley says:

    I like disposable dishware, especially if its recyclable.

  80. make my life much easier

  81. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    We use disposable dishware daily! So much easier and time saving

  82. Rebecca Peters says:

    I find it alot easier specially with a house full of kids

  83. sarah t says:

    i love the for picnics and parties. it makes cleanup so easy.

  84. Chrystal J. says:

    I use disposables for family get-togethers.

  85. Rebecca says:

    love them for days when washing dishes just isn’t an option!

  86. We always use disposable when going to mil’s. She’s 87 and get nerous if you spend to long in teh kitchen so lengthy clean up is not an optiong.

  87. Yolanda says:

    I love disposal dishes. I use them often in my house. With four kids if I didn’t use them I would be washing dishes all day.

  88. Heather S says:

    we use disposable tableware all the time as it is more convenient

  89. Valeen N says:

    I think they’re a lifesaver on those crazy busy nights, or picnics, or camping or anytime I don’t want to deal with dishes!

  90. Colleen S says:

    I used disposable serving wear occasionally. Its great to have on hand.

  91. Makes life easy when things are feeling rushed.

  92. Mary Cloud says:

    Disposable dishware comes in handy when you’re sick and don’t feel like having a kitchen full of dirty dishes

  93. I think it makes life easier, but I hate that its not good for the environment so we don’t use them too much.

  94. D Schmidt says:

    I am ashamedly obsessed with plastic tableware, I actually can only drink from plastic cups. Yes I admit I am odd 😉

  95. love them for outdoor activities.

  96. DAMIAN JARREAU says:

    We use it for outdoor parties

  97. Jennifer Reed says:

    I love the ease of disposable dinnerware but I want it to be dependable and look nice.
    repose4jr at gmail dot com

  98. Kim Reid says:

    I always use it for family BBQ’s and holiday meals!
    Thanks 🙂

  99. Jeanine says:

    I use disposable dishware alot especially for large family gatherings so I don’t have to worry about washing dishes and losing precious time spent with my guests

  100. I think disposable ware is nice as we use things like this on a daily basis in our household, so convenient and handy!

  101. Margot S. says:

    Disposable dinnerware is very convenient to use, especially with small children.

  102. Love it, especially with kids….much better than doing dishes!!

  103. JAMES LYNAM says:


  104. We use disposables if there is going to be a big party and I want to spend time socializing, or monitoring the kiddos (otherwise a good deal of my time is spent cleaning).

  105. susan smoaks says:

    disposable products make life so much easier when there’s a crowd

  106. Leslie Luke Stanziani says:

    I love them for picnics and for parties.

  107. Marissa M says:

    When BBQing in the summer we use disposable plates to save on clean-up time. The fact that these are environmental friendly makes it so much better 🙂

  108. I think it is handy. I wouldn’t use is all the time but it’s nice when we are the road.

  109. Danielle says:

    I never thought disposable dinnerware would be eco friendly! We love using these types of items for picnics and camping trips in the summer!

  110. It has its place but I see garbage mounting!

  111. Lisa Fonseca says:

    I use disposable dishware often, it cuts down on having to use the dishwasher.

  112. I like disposable dishware for parties and family occasions but not for everyday dish use.


  113. Vicki D. says:

    Disposable is the only way to go for picnics, barbeques, etc. in the summertime. It makes the occasion so much easier, plus the cleanup.

  114. trisha mckee says:

    I have a lot of kids at my house at any given time. Instead of messing with dishes, I like to spend time with them, so disposable is the only way to go in my household!!

  115. carol lewis says:

    I think it would be great!

  116. We use disposable dishware often. My daughter has lots of friends over our house so these would be convenient.

  117. Lori L. says:

    I use a lot more disposable dishware since I’ve gone back to work and it’s just easier to use it and dispose of it than it is to wash dishes–at least a few nights a week.

  118. kathy pease says:

    i love them especially for a party it saves a lot of work and dishwashing

  119. I love Red Solo cups and the song by Toby Keith is so awesome! I’d love to try their plates because other companies plates don’t hold up so well unless you have 4 or 5 on top of each other. Even then one wrong move and it’s all over you. Not fun! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  120. shirley zolenski says:

    It just makes dinner parties so much easier

  121. Brenda Elsner says:

    We don’t usually use disposable items, but we do use them when we have bigger family get togethers as we have a big family!

  122. I love these for cookouts and family get togethers

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