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Eaternalplates crafts eco-friendly, disposable dinnerware made from naturally fallen palm leaves.
Eaternalplates has taken the concept of responsible disposables to new heights. Blending the unique (and green) properties of naturally fallen palm leaves with contemporary styling, they have produced a line of quality, elegant disposable dinnerware. Dress it up or dress it down. Either way, it’s flat out gorgeous.
The making of Eaternalplates…
Almost 60 billion leaves fall in India every single year.
These tall, majestic Areca trees are commonly harvested both for their fruit and for the betel nut which is used in Paan, a popular Indian delicacy.
Many of the leaves are burned or naturally composted but we
harvest them on a regular basis. We then hand-wash them in
locally-sourced spring water. Finally they are heat-pressed into
different shapes, a procedure which is also fully sterilizing.
The pieces are also one-of-a-kind. The palm leaf itself can vary
in thickness from 2 mm to 4 mm. There are abundant variations
in color and pattern, so each piece offers its own particular
beauty to your table, picnic, party or event.
Most amazingly, the pieces are very strong and sturdy. When
you hold one in your hand, you instantly realize you don’t have
to worry about wilting, sagging or broken tableware ever again.
We create this product for two reasons. The first is obvious
– to help carry us all into a sustainable future.
Can Eaternalplates be re-used?
They can be reused for serving dry foods, otherwise once is best. They are not to be washed in a dishwasher.
When you are finished with them, they are 100% compostable.
Many local councils also collect organic waste for composting.
If you don’t compost at home but have a garden, you could just
break the plates up and spread the pieces around your garden.
They will break down, enriching the soil like any other leaf,
within a couple of months.
And if none of those options suit you?
You could put our used palm products into your fire to help
keep you warm. As you might expect, they don’t release any bad
fumes into the atmosphere.
Alternatively, why not just wash them with water and feed them
to a cow? But please ask the cow if she would like some palm
leaf for lunch! If she just moos or says nothing and gives you a
blank look, then you should ask her owner.