Summer is officially here! Cookouts and poolside snack are a must. This season is time to be environmentally green as well as fashionably on point with your food presentation. Go out there and elevate your summer barbeques with washable and reusable melamine dinner wear. Even if you have not heard of melamine, you most likely have eaten off of a melamine plate. Because this unique material is lighter and more durable than china it is the most practical from poolside, patio or deck. Many eateries have even turned to melamine to avoid constantly replacing broken dinnerware in outdoor settings. But melamine tableware isn’t just limited to plates and cups. You’ll also find melamine bowls, saucers, trays, fry cones, and even chopsticks. Melamine can also be made in a wide range of colors and styles, making it an extremely versatile product that can be used in a variety of settings.

Melamine is a hard plastic. More specifically, it’s an organic industrial compound created by combining melamine resin with strengthening materials. That means it can stand up to the rigors of everyday use.

There are dozens of designer melamine lines created to replicate the look of fine china and other ceramic dinnerware. Available in both solid color and patterned designs, you’re sure to find the perfect high-end melamine dinnerware to parallel your style. Because melamine is so versatile, you can get the same visually appealing presentation from melamine that you can from other materials like porcelain, china, or even slate. They are available in a variety of price points and available everywhere this summer from Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pier1 and Target.

Unlike glazed dishes, melamine tableware is 100% dishwasher safe. In fact, many lines of melamine serving ware can handle heat that exceeds recommended dishwasher water temperatures. And thanks to melamine’s high heat-retaining properties, it dries faster than standard dishware. Lastly, Many reports have surfaced questioning the health hazards of melamine tableware. However, the FDA’s Safety and Risk Assessment of Melamine states that this type of plastic tableware is safe for use. The study concludes that the chemicals in melamine will not migrate, or transfer, into food, as long your food is not heated to 160 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. While some melamine products may contain safe amounts of BPA, many brands offer certified BPA-free melamine products.

David Brown
Mulberry Seed Design