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The Great Breakroom Debate: Plates vs. Paper Towels

Paper towels on left plates on right side of image

Ah, the humble office breakroom. A sanctuary of coffee and snacks with the constant hum of the refrigerator going in the background. But beneath the surface of tepid microwave burritos and passive-aggressive Post-it Notes lurks a battleground fiercer than any quarterly earnings report: the Great Breakroom Debate. In this first installment of the Great Breakroom Debate, we will be talking about the clash between the Plate People and the Paper Towel Posse. No need to pick sides, because there is no winner in this battle. No option is better than the other, it’s all about your personal preferences when it comes to what you put your lunch on.

In the first corner, we have the Plate People. These people stand for sustainability, for washing your dang dishes after every use, and for the inherent joy of a warm, ceramic plate cradling your microwaved masterpiece. They try to be more sustainable by reducing waste and single-use items that go into the trash and possess an unnerving ability to track down any rogue fork that dares go missing.

In the other corner, we have the Paper Towel Posse. These people value convenience above all else, wielding paper towels like shields against greasy fingers and questionable countertop hygiene. While they aren’t a fan of dishwashing, they don’t judge those who are. They have other ways of being sustainable, but using a paper towel is usually faster than grabbing a plate, and when they are rushing to their next meeting, they simply throw their make-do plate away in the trash without having to think about soap and warm water.

But this is not a two-sided discussion. On the outskirts, a shadowy third group lurks: the Disposable Spoon Fans. These people operate under a code of silence, and their allegiance shifts with the winds of lunchtime convenience. They may be seen taking plastic cutlery from the dispenser one day and washing a reusable spoon the next. Their motivations are unclear, but their impact on the balance of power is undeniable.

But amidst the crumbs and the coffee stains, a glimmer of hope emerges. Perhaps, there can be peace. Perhaps a world exists where reusable plates are kept on the breakroom shelf alongside a neatly stacked dispenser of compostable paper towels. Where disposable spoons are used sparingly, like precious gems in a culinary crown.

Ultimately, the Great Breakroom Debate is more than just a discussion over dishes. It’s a microcosm of the human condition, a reflection of our competing desires for convenience, responsibility, and a clean countertop to eat our lunch on. But through negotiation, compromise, and perhaps a healthy dose of shared humor, we can transform this debate into a space of collaboration, where paper towels and plates coexist in glorious harmony, united by the common goal of a satisfying (and mess-free) lunch break.

So, the next time you find yourself in the midst of the Great Breakroom Debate, remember: take a deep breath, resist the urge to hurl a stray spork, and reach out to your co-workers. Together, we can forge a brighter future for all, one perfectly portioned microwaved burrito at a time.

The Paper Towel vs. Plate debate is just a starting point, after all, there is space for you to add your own anecdotes, observations, and creative solutions to the Great Breakroom Debate. Just remember, there are no winners or losers in this discussion, so use whatever you prefer for lunchtime. So, will it be disposable or reusable?