Melamine is a relatively new material for dinnerware, it looks like ceramic but when touched feels like more plastic. The benefit of melamine dinnerware is break/chip-resistance and it is lightweight. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor care-free dining for your family, customers, and staff. Also, the lightweight/unbreakable benefit is great for catering or camp trips when you need to bring them. Not for use in microwave, oven, or freezer. Reusable like ceramic.