All you want 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 and we would love to reply back.
Q. Why are my plates wrapped in plastic?
A. This is the first question that may come in your mind. What an irony that these eco-leaf plates are wrapped in plastic!
Well being a leaf they absorb moisture from the environment and without a barrier may get mouldy. We have tried other options like plant based cellulose etc. but had not much success so far, but we haven't stopped trying.
We would love to hear back any suggestions or recommendation in this regard.
Q. What is Pam Leaf Tableware?
A. The Palm Leaf Tableware is made from naturally fallen leaves of Areca Palm/Betel-Nut palm.
Q. How Sustainable & Eco-friendly is the Eco-Palm Leaf Tableware?
A. Our Leaf Tableware is made from naturally fallen leaves. No trees are cut down during the process. An Areca Palm tree sheds about 8 leaves a year making it a sustainable and renewable resource.
No chemicals/Sealants/ binding agents are used during the manufacturing process and moulded into shape using only heat & water thereby retaining it's natural qualities.
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. How long would it take for the Eco-Palm Leaf Tableware to break down/Compost?
A. Like every organic matter, the duration of decomposition depends on quite a few factors like the composting process used, humidity, heat etc. and may take from 6-8 weeks to break down completely depending on the time of the year too.
End of life, like all organic matter, will break down without leaving any residue behind.
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. Fine to go in the fridge and freezer too, making them perfect for your deserts.
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 Betel-nut Palm. In some continents people chew Betel-nuts. Made from naturally fallen leaves and therefore doesn't affect the environment or our wild life.
Q. What is the environmental impact of using Palm Leaf Tableware?
A. Our Palm Leaf Tableware is made from Naturally fallen leaves, 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 a second life.
Q. Have fair wages been paid in the manufacturing and processing of the leaves?
A. The leaves are harvested in the villages creating 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.