All you wanted to know about this Natural, Compostable Tableware has been compiled in this section of Frequently Asked Questions. We have tried to answer most of them but if you have any specific questions, please feel free to drop us a query at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. What is this Eco Tableware made of?
A. The tradition of eating food on leaves dates back to thousand of years with literatures full of benefits about this practice. In different parts of India depending on the abundance of a particular tree, its leaves have been used to make plates or bowls to serve food.
The Areca Palm/ Adaka Palm are found in abundance in the Southern sates of India and been used for centuries to make plates and bowls.The leaves form natural covering over the fruit and when it ripens they shed naturally. Every tree sheds about 8 sheaths/leaves of areca palm which are then collected, pressure cleaned and moulded into different shapes and sizes only using heat and pressure.
No trees are cut down during this process making it sustainable and renewable source and since no chemicals/binding agents/sealants are used during the manufacturing process, it retains their natural qualities.
Q. Can I serve hot and cold food on this Natural Leaf Tableware?
A. Absolutely, they are quite durable and can stand both hot and cold food and would not go soggy.
Q. Can I use the leaf plates in the microwave and in the fridge and freezer?
A. Yes, the palm leaf plates can be used in the Microwave for up to 2 minutes.
They are fine to go in the fridge and freezer too, making them perfect for your deserts.
Q. Is the Natural leaf Tableware Compostable ?
A. Yes, 100% compostable in your backyard compost bin, feed it to your worms in worm farm or on the soil as mulch. Being a Brown waste, would add Nitrogen to the soil. Doesn't require commercial composting facilities.
Q. Shall I wash the Tableware before use?
A. Not required as heat is used during the moulding process hence making them sterilised and food safe.
Q. Is it the same Palm tree from which Palm oil is harvested?
A. No, it's Areca nut also known as Betelnut Palm. In some continents people chew Betelnuts. Made from naturally fallen leaves and therefore doesn't affect the environment or our wild life.
Q. What is the environmental impact of using these leaves?
A. Leaves as a raw material for making tableware is a recycled material. Instead of being burnt(that's what used to happen before the tableware option was discovered) or going into landfill it is given second life.
Q. Have fair wages been paid in the manufacturing and processing of the leaves?
A. Where these leaves are harvested in the villages it creates rural employment opportunities, a reason not to migrate to bigger cities for living. Our partner organisation employs Women from these villages, pay fair wages and provide them an opportunity to become self independent.
The Areca leaf plates are also known as Bamboo plates. A great alternative to plastic and other disposable tableware given to us by nature and after using simply return it back to nature.