One advantage of disposable food containers that many people may not consider is that they are often more sanitary than reusable plates and lunch boxes. A plate or piece of silverware can certainly be washed and reused, but that won’t eliminate all the bacteria that might be left over. Meanwhile, a disposable food container is thrown away after just one use, lessening the chances of food-borne illness and contamination.
Saving Water and Energy
It takes a lot of water and energy to constantly wash reusable dishes. An industrial-sized dishwasher that might be used by a major restaurant uses seven to eight gallons of water per minute. This water can reach temperatures of up to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, disposable food containers require no washing; they are merely thrown away.
The reason why so many restaurants and their patrons would want to use disposable food containers is because of the convenience factor. Not only is there no need to wash things like disposable soup bowls and plates, but there isn’t even any reason for customers to keep them in a restaurant. Diners can take their food with them if they are in a hurry and want to eat later, which in a way is convenient for everyone involved.
Keeping Food from Spoiling
Disposable food containers are obviously great for restaurants that offer delivery or takeout food, but not because they can be cast aside when they are no longer needed. Many disposable lunch boxes are designed to keep food hot while it is in transit. This means that it will be fresh and ready to eat even after a lengthy trip. This still isn’t as ideal as simply eating a meal as soon as it is prepared and served, but it cuts down on the amount of food that has to be thrown out due to spoilage and improper storage.