Alternative zu Knochenporzellan: Noble China

Noble china – vegan bone china

3. December 2019

Is porcelain not automatically vegan? No, not always! As the name suggests, bone china consists of approximately 30-55% bone ash. This makes the pieces lighter and gives them their translucent quality and warm creamy colour. In this blog post we explain why Tafelstern has developed a vegan alternative to bone china and the pros and cons of different types of porcelain.

What is bone china and what types of porcelain are there?

In fact, there are only two main types:

  • soft-paste porcelain
  • hard-paste porcelain

Bone china is a type of soft-paste porcelain. Thanks to its warm, bright colour and translucent quality, it is considered the finest porcelain in the world and it is also the most well-known of all soft-paste porcelains. However, the manufacturing process is very expensive, which is why it is used for high-quality works of art as well as in upmarket establishments. 

Soft-paste porcelain

Advantages + light
+ thin
Disadvantages – fragile glazing
no metal abrasion resistance, not scratchproof
–> cutting marks from knives can create places for bacteria to hide (no hygienic surfaces!)
– on-glaze decoration
‘only’ dishwasher safe not dishwasher proof
dishwasher liquids corrode the decorative colours after 600 wash cycles

Hard-paste porcelain

Advantages + very hard glaze
impact and shock resistant, scratch and cut resistant  
+ in-glaze decoration 
dishwasher proofdishwasher liquids corrode the colours after over 3,000 wash cycles  
Disadvantages – heavier
– as yet the creamy colour has not been replicated  

Advantages and disadvantages of different types of porcelain

Until now, the hotel and catering industries just had to put up with the disadvantages of bone china and the resulting high costs associated with purchasing replacement items. That has now changed thanks to the new ‘Noble China’ collection by Tafelstern.

Tafelstern’s alternative to bone china

Tafelstern didn’t want to simply accept that restaurateurs had to choose between elegance and chip-resistant edges. A plate should look noble, but also be impact resistant. The challenge was to combine aesthetics and function. Tafelstern has therefore developed a new type of porcelain that achieves both aims: noble china. The hard porcelain has outstanding properties thanks to the high-quality materials used and fired at 1,400°C it fulfils the highest requirements and demonstrates excellent durability. However, noble china also displays a special fineness thanks to its elegant bone white colour.

Delight – collection made from noble china

bone china: Tafelstern Noble China Logo

The ‘Delight’ collection by Tafelstern now boasts this new material. Thanks to its subtle design the porcelain is simple yet at the same time it radiates luxury. As well as the basics such as plates and cups, the collection also includes sugar bowls, salt cellars and egg cups. This carefully considered product range offers full flexibility when designing the table settings. Thanks to the minimalist design, the porcelain is suitable for any occasion. You can find the individual pieces from the collection in this brochure ‘Delight your guests’.

Noble china instead of bone china: an insider tip

bone china: vegan meal prepped on vegan bone china

Over 1 million people in Germany are already vegan. But there are some significant variations. Veganism can relate to lifestyle as well as diet. People living a vegan lifestyle avoid using animal products in all areas of their lives. For example, items of clothing made from leather are a no-no. Even plates made from bone china fall into this category. Most vegans (and non-vegans) are not aware that some plates, especially in the restaurant industry, are not vegan. Vegans, and in fact other non-vegan customers, might prefer to eat from plates that are not made from bone ash.

Porcelain made from noble china – without any animal products – is therefore the perfect solution.

Conclusion: noble china – because responsibility is trending

The number of people who consciously opt for sustainable, vegan alternatives over traditional products is increasing every day. Tafelstern is not only a ‘Made in Germany’ brand, but it also recognises its social responsibility and acts in an environmentally conscious way. In developing noble china, Tafelstern has taken another major step in this direction.

Restaurateurs that offer their customers an alternative to bone china are not just doing it because they share Tafelstern’s approach to social responsibility. They can also gain a real edge over competitors who are yet to react to the growing vegan trend. Even without considering the vegan angle, noble china offers real advantages over other materials thanks to the unprecedented combination of durability and elegance.

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