What are paper plates made of?
Paper plates are made of byproducts of the paper making process. Cellulose, oil, resin and various wood chemicals. The designation paper plates generally refers to all disposable plates. 57% of so called "paper plates" are made of polystyrene, which although not biodegradeable us much less energy to manufacture.
dollars are made in a mint. (a place that makes dollars.) You engrave your pattern (in this case a dollar,) onto two metal sheets called plates. There is green ink all over them. Then you put a special paper in between the two plates, squeeze, take the paper out, cut out your money, and there is you dollar.
Printing processes such as offset printing use printing plates to transfer an image to paper or other substrates. The plates may be made of metal, plastic, rubber, paper, and other materials. The image is put on the printing plates using photomechanical, photochemical, or laser engraving processes. The image may be positive or negative. http://www.ezeeprinting.com/page/pulpboard-coasters
What and how to recycle is different in different locales. Check with your local authorities. For New York City, residents can recycle paper plates if they are truly 100% paper (not foam) and they are not soiled with food. Clean paper and cardboard (such as Chinet) plates can be placed in the green-labeled bin with other Mixed Paper & Cardboard.
The answer to this question would all depend on your personal needs and priorities. I believe any effort to conserve natural resources (paper is made from wood) as much as possible is a good thing. On the other hand, cleaning non-paper products utilizes time and other resources (water) as well. I still prefer this because I feel my family at least reduces the amount of paper waste it puts out. The worst possible option, in…
It will depend on the manufacturing process - and there are many makers of paper plates and cups. With any luck, the package will have contact information. Ask about gluten as well as about what ingredients are used to bind the paper together and keep the plates from sticking to each other, and what else is manufactured on the same line.