Verterra Sustainable Disposable Dinnerware Plates

disposable dinnerwareI know it sounds like a complete oxymoron, but these picnic plates are both disposable and truly sustainable. Best when composted (as things don’t biodegrade in a landfill) to be truly sustainable cradle to cradle compliant, these sturdy plates are as much at home on your fancy dining room table as they are in the backyard. They feel as if they are made of wood, but actually are created by one of the least impact-full materials and processes: pressed fallen leaves.

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It’s so simple and natural, it boggles my mind. Leaves that have fallen naturally are collected and pressed together using no chemicals, waxes or bonding agents, leaving them completely non-toxic and chemical free. This means no chemical binding agents or lacquers will be released into your hot food, and they compost easily and naturally. These are leaves that would have otherwise been burnt as agricultural “waste” but are instead formed into plates, bowls, and platters that are sturdy enough for both the microwave and regular oven.

The process itself is quite amazing as well. Using only 10% of the energy it takes to make recycled paper plates, production is facilitated by fair-wage workers along India’s Malabar Coast in the most environmentally conscious manner possible. Production scraps are turned into a powder which is used as fertilizer for farmers that supply Verterra with leaves. 84% of their factory water gets reused into water clean enough that even the CEO drinks it (they hope to reach 90% by the end of the year). In addition, none of the leaves are thrown away, and their total waste in a month is 2-3 consumer sized trash cans.

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Bottom line, check these out for yourself and I am sure you will see why there is no comparison among so called ‘disposable’ dinnerware. Pair with some biodegradable cutlery, or better yet, just use your regular everyday silverware. Verterra Plates, bowls, and more are available from amazon, or try your local natural food store.

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  1. I saw this on Apartment Therapy last week and thought it was a really nice. And being that I love earth tones, it would match perfectly in my apartment!

  2. Haha. When I read this I was thinking of disposable white paper plates. These actually look pretty cool! I’d even buy these! Good stuff!

  3. @SLY, I’ve tried all their products (I help connect them with the outside world) and having used tons of eco friendly plates in my day, I’ve just found they’re in a different league. As they said in the review, they’re applicable in numerous settings, since their minimalist, refined lines could fit in a holiday dinner (no dishes to do, yes!!) or cocktail parties, and definitely picnic friendly.

    Since each layer is one piece of material (vs a processed mash of many different pieces/fibers) they’re much more sturdy then, say, sugar cane based plates. I’ve found that they’re able to be gently hand washed and reused, about 5-10 times depending on what you eat on them.

    @clumpymold, Yeah I know, when you think disposable plates these are not typically what you’d come up with. They’re definitely an item of conversation when we use them. Oddball fact: They’re now used in the Statue of Liberty food stands!

    ~~~

    One other thing: They’re available in about 300 stores these days plus online, so if you use the Store Locator on the top right corner of http://www.verterra.com you may find they’re just down the street, or easily obtained online.

  4. Hi,

    Our factory produces biodegradable cutlery: PLA cutlery and PSM cutlery. Factory has HACCP , products have many certificates approved. USA,UK,Canada and Qustralia are our main markets. Contact : maggie@bio-sy.com Our MOQ IS 200 cartons.

    We have New PLA cutlery now. This kind of cutlery will show in December on USA markets.

    If U are interested in , feel free to contact:86512 68638462

  5. As a son of Areca nut, paddy, and Banana growing farmer, I have decided to utilize The available natural Resource to the best level, so that I can not only protect the nature but also it will be help full for us in so many ways i.e. business, we can provide employment to the rural people so that it will increase their standard of leaving. plate we offer are available in different sizes and shapes and finds usage for serving all kinds of food like Hot, Cold, Dry, Oily and Greasy. These leaf plates are also an economical replacement for thermocol, paper & plastics disposables.

    We are the leading manufacturers of bio degradable Areca products i.e.
    • Areca nut leaf Plates
    • Areca nut leaf Cups,
    • Areca nut leaf Bowls
    • Areca nut Bags,
    • Areca nut leaf snack bowl
    • Areca nut leaf Meals plate

    These plates are “Natures Gift” and better replacement of Anti-Environment plastics or polymers

    Areca Plates are manufactured using natural & bio degradable Areca sheath and leaf. Naturally discarded sheaths of the leaves of the Areca tree are collected from the agricultural land. No trees are cut down. These plates, cups and Bags are naturally biodegradable. The range is widely used for serving various purposes in hotels and private parties and is supplied to many European Countries.

    Features of ARECA PLATES cups and bags:
    • Completely Eco-friendly, Biodegradable and Hygienic.
    • Sturdy and not easily crushable and at the same time very light in weight.
    • Suitable for Freezer and the Microwave usable.
    • Can be easily moulded into different shapes and can hold liquid for 4-6 hours.
    • Natural and attractive appearance
    • 100 % NATURAL
    • NON-TOXIC
    • 100 % BIODEGRADABLE / COMPOSTABLE
    • HEAT/COLD RESISTANT (up to 220 c)
    • SUITABLE FOR HARD / LIQUID
    • FOOD LEAK PROOF
    • USE AND THROW
    • ECONOMIC SAVING
    • THE ENVIRONMENT MICROWAVEABLE

    SHAPES AND SIZES
    We are manufacturing, leaf pates, cups, bowls, Leaf bags in various shapes and sizes, these can be custom made as per the client’s specifications.
    Our design department is actively engaged in designing various shapes and dies with the help of latest software’s and CAD/CAM programmers.

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    Packing & on Time Delivery
    Our organization lays more importance on the quality packing and delivery of goods on predetermined time schedule. It is our obligation that our customers receive ordered goods on predetermined time schedule. It is our duty to supply the Right products, at the right times , at the right place.

    Please feel free to contact for further details for bio degradable areca nut leaf plants, to save our nature.

    CONTACT PERSON:- ESHWARMURTHY
    EMAIL:- eshwarmurthyarun@gmail.com
    EMAIL: – Eshwarmurthyarun@yaho.co.in
    Mob # +919789622999
    Mob# +919901908858

  6. We are the leading manufacturers of bio degradable Areca products i.e.
    • Areca nut leaf Plates
    • Areca nut leaf Cups,
    • Areca nut leaf Bowls
    • Areca nut Bags,
    • Areca nut leaf snack bowl
    • Areca nut leaf Meals plate

    These plates are “Natures Gift” and better replacement of Anti-Environment plastics or polymers

    As a son of Areca nut, paddy, and Banana growing farmer, I have decided to utilize The available natural Resource to the best level, so that I can not only protect the nature but also it will be help full for us in so many ways i.e. business, we can provide employment to the rural people so that it will increase their standard of leaving. plate we offer are available in different sizes and shapes and finds usage for serving all kinds of food like Hot, Cold, Dry, Oily and Greasy. These leaf plates are also an economical replacement for thermocol, paper & plastics disposables.

    Areca Plates are manufactured using natural & bio degradable Areca sheath and leaf. Naturally discarded sheaths of the leaves of the Areca tree are collected from the agricultural land. No trees are cut down. These plates, cups and Bags are naturally biodegradable. The range is widely used for serving various purposes in hotels and private parties and is supplied to many European Countries.

    Features of ARECA PLATES cups and bags:
    • Completely Eco-friendly, Biodegradable and Hygienic.
    • Sturdy and not easily crushable and at the same time very light in weight.
    • Suitable for Freezer and the Microwave usable.
    • Can be easily moulded into different shapes and can hold liquid for 4-6 hours.
    • Natural and attractive appearance
    • 100 % NATURAL
    • NON-TOXIC
    • 100 % BIODEGRADABLE / COMPOSTABLE
    • HEAT/COLD RESISTANT (up to 220 c)
    • SUITABLE FOR HARD / LIQUID
    • FOOD LEAK PROOF
    • USE AND THROW
    • ECONOMIC SAVING
    • THE ENVIRONMENT MICROWAVEABLE

    SHAPES AND SIZES
    We are manufacturing, leaf pates, cups, bowls, Leaf bags in various shapes and sizes, these can be custom made as per the client’s specifications.
    Our design department is actively engaged in designing various shapes and dies with the help of latest software’s and CAD/CAM programmers.

    `

    Packing & on Time Delivery
    Our organization lays more importance on the quality packing and delivery of goods on predetermined time schedule. It is our obligation that our customers receive ordered goods on predetermined time schedule. It is our duty to supply the Right products, at the right times , at the right place.

    Please feel free to contact for further details for bio degradable areca nut leaf plants, to save our nature.

    CONTACT PERSON:- ESHWARMURTHY
    EMAIL:- eshwarmurthyarun@gmail.com
    EMAIL: – Eshwarmurthyarun@yaho.co.in
    Mob # +919789622999
    Mob# +919901908858

  7. Our factory produce the bamboo disposable dinnerware, including plates and cutlery. Both of them are made from natural bamboo, no glues, no bleaches, no dyes, absolutely chemical-free. Biodegraded in 4-6months after disposal. You could get our bamboo dinnerware at USA market.

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