Reusables vs Disposables
Playing it Safe 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 your first line of defense to remove the virus from surfaces. Soap interferes with the fats in the virus shell and lift the virus from surfaces
A Higher Level of Safety and Sanitization
Only Dishcraft combines multiple layers and levels of cleaning, testing and inspection technologies and protocols for a level of safety and sanitization that exceeds any traditional dishwashing operations.
- Multi-point inspections throughout the washing and sanitizing process to detect accumulation of soil and food debris
- Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) testing ensures cleanliness by detecting the organic material remaining on a surface
- High sensitivity allergen testing detects residue of major allergens including milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish (shrimp, crab, lobster), peanut, soybean, tree nuts (walnut, cashew, etc.), and wheat.
- Commercial -grade sanitization, with eco-friendly chemicals, kills bacteria and viruses, exceeding safe levels determined by public health codes and regulations
- OSHA standards for safety and health, including the use of full PPE while in the Dishcraft dishroom and at customer locations, are required for all employees
“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