Polycarbonate is not a material one finds in dinnerware too often, but upon examining the Polycarbonate Dinnerware Collection, one cannot help but wonder why more manufacturers are not using polycarbonate to make dinnerware. Polycarbonate is practically impervious to harm and is THE choice plastic for many food service applications. This particular collection of polycarbonate dinnerware is dishwasher safe, can withstand temperatures from -40 to 212 °F, and has several colors available to match any decor. Many items in the collection also have a slightly textured surface, to keep food from sliding around or off the plate easily. This is a choice feature in the health care and education industry because plated foods may travel several hundred feet and up flights of stairs before they make it to the customer.