Melamine dinnerware used to be a must-have back in the fifties where it was often used as everyday dinnerware. American Cyanamid (later known as Cytec Technology Corporation) made it popular with their introduction of Melmac dinnerware - the trademark of their line of melamine kitchenware.
This type of dinnerware started to lose its appeal because of being prone to scratches and stains and the fact that it is not microwave safe; however, in recent years the craze for this colorful, practically unbreakable dinnerware has revived.
If you are looking for a Melamine Dinnerware Set the following manufacturers, distributors and/or brands or designers are a great place to start searching…
I have found that there are tons of patterns available in melamine dishes. You can get solid colors, square dinnerware, bright patterns, all the way to rustic dinnerware made of melamine.
A lot of baby dinnerware and dinnerware for kids are made of this material. Most of it is strong enough to withstand the bumps that kids are prone to subject it to. If it hits "just right" on a hard, tiled floor, it might break, but not as easily as other types of dinnerware.
This type of dishes is great for outside dining. It is perfect for a patio party, camping dishes or beach dinnerware. It is fairly unbreakable and holds up well to rambunctious families. As long as you don't put it in the microwave or expose it to direct heat, a melamine set will last you for years.
If you have concerns about the safety of melamine I recommend that you read the warnings about using melamine dishes. I, for one, am not concerned about the safety of melamine as long as it is not microwaved.