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yes, its the left over. sorry i'm vegan, so any animal by-product is gross. I just don't understand why they have to make that china the "best" and the one that everyone feels that should invest in. There are soooo many alternatives. Also we live in the 21st century, do we really need to use bone ash in plates?

read this:"You have probably noticed cups and plates often carry the label “Bone Chinaâ€.
Does it really mean they are made of bones ?

Bone China is a product of a technique perfected in England to add bone ash of animals to the clay, resulting in delicate looking but very strong china. Sometimes, it does not carry the label “bone china†but it can be easily recognized as it has more transluency and whiteness than normal porcelain.

How itâ€s made

Calcined bone ash makes up about 50% by weight of the final body recipe. It is produced from animal bone, which is first processed to remove any
adhering meat which is generally sold as pet food. The bone is then treated to remove glue, which is processed and upgraded for use in normal applications where glue is used, and also for the sizing of expensive paper.
The raw bone which is left after the meat and glue have been extracted is then heated to about 1000 C at which temperature any residual organic material is burned off and the structure of the bone is changed to form suitable for the manufacture of bone china.
It is then finally ground with water before being added to clay."

It is something still done? From the little googling I did, it sounded like it was in antique china.

I don't want to drink out of a tea cup made out of animal bones. I'm not registering for China. I have no interest in owning it.

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yes it still exists today. It's the strongest form of china. And people like to collect it, it appreciates over time, collectable items.
but is it still being made this way? I only read about people buying old bone china.

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yes, still made today

"Bone china is a porcellanous body developed in the eighteenth century in Staffordshire and is still produced today. It contains a high proportion of bone ash in combination with china clay and china stone."

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I hate to burst your bubbles here ladies, but there are a lot of products we use every day that come from animals & are a result of processes you may not want to know about. Specialty adhesives, pet food, beauty products, soap, plastics, clothing...

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I hate to burst your bubbles here ladies, but there are a lot of products we use every day that come from animals & are a result of processes you may not want to know about. Specialty adhesives, pet food, beauty products, soap, plastics, clothing...
The big difference to me is that those objects have a function. China is not necessary & there are so many other ways to make a plate.

I'm not vegan, but I do believe in treating animals right. Now that I know the animals are not slaughtered just for plates, I don't think it's a bad practice. But, I do think it's gross. I don't like the idea of drinking out of a cup made from a bone.

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I hate to burst your bubbles here ladies, but there are a lot of products we use every day that come from animals & are a result of processes you may not want to know about. Specialty adhesives, pet food, beauty products, soap, plastics, clothing...
This is true, but there are also alternatives for everything. So the choice is there.

However, it is very difficult to move towared having animal free products but every little bit helps.

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It is something still done? From the little googling I did, it sounded like it was in antique china.

I don't want to drink out of a tea cup made out of animal bones. I'm not registering for China. I have no interest in owning it.
I collect tea cups...yucky...this will not go over well at my next tea party. And yes, I really do mean my next tea party. I love tea!

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I collect tea cups...yucky...this will not go over well at my next tea party. And yes, I really do mean my next tea party. I love tea!
my friend has tons of tea cups she inherited from her grandma. It's so funny because she lives in a little grad student duplex & would not be having formal dinner parties. So we had a party where everyone took shots out of tea cups.

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