Keyes Royal Chi-net Disposable Plates — 1956

Martin Keyes, who worked at his father’s New Hampshire sawmill in the latter part of the nineteenth century, invented a way to mold wood pulp into sturdy disposable paper dishes. He began to produce them in 1903, and the company grew quickly, manufacturing an array of products that revolutionized the food service industries. I actually find a lot of company histories interesting (…I always imagine them as 1930s movies), and the article here is a good overview of the Keyes company, which, from the very beginning, was “green” and environmentally friendly.

If we were at a barbecue and we had a choice between a Chinet plate and a regular paper plate, we’re ALWAYS going with the Chinet, right? Over a hundred years after its invention. Thanks, Mr. Keyes!

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