Using plastic or Styrofoam plates is the norm when entertaining a crowd. Unfortunately, plastic and Styrofoam products lead to unnecessary trash that only ends up in landfills. You can make a conscious effort to preserving the environment by opting for eco-friendly alternatives to single-use plastics like eco-friendly disposables!
While reusable dinnerware is best for entertaining a small group of people, eco-friendly disposables are the better choice when hosting a party and convenience is a major concern. Disposable wood plates, for instance, make a fitting substitute to plastic or Styrofoam plates because they are compostable and biodegradable. The plates are not only versatile and durable; they offer the convenience of single-use plastic disposables sans the guilt.
The thing with eco-friendly disposables is that these products are not made equally. The way these products were made dictates how green they really are. How they are disposed of, what materials were used, what treatments were applied, all these factors must be considered when buying any type of eco-friendly disposables. Disposables come in an array of styles and materials to choose from. Each of these materials has its own pros and cons. Which one is the best choice for you? Let’s take a look at the guide below:
Bamboo is the most common material used to make most types of eco-friendly disposables, including disposable wood plates. Since bamboo grows virtually anywhere at a rapid rate, it is a renewable resource that takes less energy to grow and harvest. Bamboo does take a few months before it breaks down completely but that’s a great compromise especially when the next best choice are single-use plastics.
Disposables made from bamboo are sturdy with a beautiful, even finish. The natural finish adds versatility to the disposables so it will suit any type of event, formal and casual alike. Usually, bamboo disposables are minimally processed although it’s best to check the history of the brand to be sure.
The starchy property of tapioca makes it a great material for eco-friendly disposables. Tapioca is derived from cassava roots. To make eco-friendly disposables, the starch is mixed with different plant fibers, creating a rigid, foam-like material that can be molded into serveware and plates. Plates made from tapioca come in neutral and festive colors to choose from.
So how green are disposables made from this material? Tapioca plates are 100% compostable and they’ll break down much quicker than some materials. The plates are also edible although not as palatable as the food being served on them. Tapioca plates can be recycled too! As long as the plates are dry and relatively clean, just toss your used tapioca plates in paper recycling.
Bagasse is a byproduct of sugar cane. Sugar cane stalks are harvested and then squeezed out so all the sweet sap are harvested and processed into table sugar. The leftover stalks, called bagasse, are then used to make eco-friendly disposables, among other green products. Bagasse makes a terrific material for plates because it is home compostable. It also lends a beautiful texture and color to the plates.
Unlike some materials, bagasse is affordable, abundant, and easy to process. Disposability is easy, which adds to its green factor. That’s why large food and supermarket chains are using eco-friendly disposables made from bagasse.
Did you know that eco-friendly disposables made from corn are almost similar in appearance and texture as conventional Styrofoam products? That’s right, corn plastic offers the same look, feel, and convenience as regular plastic but is less harmful to the environment. This material is made by extracting the poly-lactic acid from corn.
But there’s a catch. Although corn-based disposables are biodegradable, they have to be broken down in a commercial composting facility. This means that you have to surrender the used corn plastic to a nearby composting facility, if there is one nearby. Most times, however, commercial composting facilities are only based in big cities, not small towns. Also, breaking down these disposables will require more energy, which defeats the purpose of reducing your environmental impact.
Eco-friendly disposables made from fallen leaves features a beautiful gradient color and a textured finish. These products are made from the fallen palm leaves that are abundant, renewable, backyard compostable, and minimally processed. The material will break down within a few months and the nutrients are released into the soil. It’s a great choice for eco-conscious hosts who also keep a compost pit in their backyard!
The perfect alternative to single-use plastics and Styrofoam flatware! Disposables made from wood are often organic, gluten-free, and naturally resistant to mold and bacteria. ECO Homeware’s collection of disposable wood plates, for example, are 100% biodegradable and backyard compostable. The materials are sourced from eco-conscious plantations and are minimally processed.
When shopping for wood plates, opt for products that are minimally processed. Choose the plates that are not coated with plastic or wax or those that are not treated with bleach, pesticides, dyes, and chlorine.
One thing to keep in mind when buying any type of eco-friendly disposables, composting will always trump recycling. The fact is, contamination can cause recyclable plates to become un-recyclable. By opting for compostable disposables, you can simply discard the plates in a compost pit and they’ll break down on their own. These products save money and energy on garbage disposal and commercial composting.
Host a worry-free party with our selection of disposable wood plates in neutral colors and designs. Entertaining a crowd has never been this environmentally friendly!