Reusable vs Disposable Dishware | Dishcraft


Sanitization Policies

Dishcraft follows the strictest sanitization rules and processes:

  • Proprietary dishwashing technology uses advanced sensors, computer vision, AI and proprietary technology to sort, scrub, inspect and rack dishware
  • Each plate or bowl is inspected multiple times throughout the scrubbing and sanitizing process to detect tiny particles of dirt difficult to see with the human eye
  • Dishcraft’s robotic dishroom automates the washing process to provide a consistent quality of clean unachievable with traditional ware-washing
  • After washing, all dishware is sent through a commercial-grade sanitizer that uses hot water and eco-friendly chemicals to kill bacteria and viruses, exceeding safe levels determined by public health codes and regulations
  • All Dishcraft employees are required to wear PPE while working in the dishroom and dishware storage and customer locations

Reusable vs Disposable Dishware During COVID-19

According to experts, reusable food ware is as safe, or possibly safer, than single-use disposables:

  • Disposable does not mean sterile-- Reusable or secondhand items are unlikely to spread the novel coronavirus, as long as they're washed or disinfected in between uses.
  • Environmental experts stress that single-use disposables can still harbor viruses and bacteria they pick up from their manufacturing, transport, stocking or use.
  • A study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health found that the novel coronavirus can remain on plastics and stainless-steel surfaces for up to three days, and on cardboard for up to one day. Yet minor cleaning with soap and water will dissolve the virus on ceramics.
  • Soap and water are actually one of the best defenses to kill and remove viruses from surfaces. Soap dissolves the outer layer of the virus, making the virus fall apart and become inactive. The soap also makes it easier to wash away any virus (active or inactive) from surfaces. (Source: Dr. Pall Thordarson, University of New South Wales)

Expert insights:

"When it comes to reusable cups, mugs, and plates, plain old soap and water does the trick. Relatively minor cleaning will actually dissolve or destroy the virus," - Vineet Menachery, an assistant professor of microbiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch

"With disposables, you have no idea who has touched it. With your own reusables, you do!" - Béa Johnson, the author of Zero Waste Home

"The promotion of unnecessary single-use plastics to decrease exposure to COVID-19 negatively impacts the environment, water systems, and potential food supply compared to the safe use of reusable bags, containers, and utensils." - Dr. Mark Miller, former director of research at the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center