The plastic epidemic has long been taking over the Earth surface. In Europe, each year per capita produces 31kg of plastic packaging waste. This number can easily be multiplied by the number of European residents, which results in 15.8 million tonnes of plastic waste generated every year only for packing purpose. This reflects how a vast majority of us is harming the nature continuously and unceasingly with all the polymeric materials. It’s time to put an end to this. It’s time to find a better solution other than plastic for a better future of human race. Think of all the plastic items in your house – your kitchen, bedroom, ect. – believe us, you always have a better choice. They are replacable.
Have you not found a chance to replace them all, why don’t we just take it step by step? Let’s begin with a family-and-friends picnic, where disposable dinnerware seems to be a must. And disposable plastic plate is not only an easy option that can be found in stores, but also a cheap enough one for us to forget all the green values we are looking for. However, all those plastic plate thing is an obvious thread. Plastic stays long and its footprint on Earth causes more harm than not. We want to stop using it for good.
Fast as the green pace approaching our new era of eco friendly products, we the human beings are more and more leaning towards the innovative alternatives to plastic household items. In an attempt to reduce (and even get rid of) plastic waste from disposable products, eco brands around the word have created plates made from environmentally friendly materials. Some of them are surprisingly impresive genius resolutions that can not be ignored. And you will be stunned by that.
Here are the top ten eco friendly plates which are made from green materials that will wow you and all green lovers:
1. bamboo plates
And as we find motivated to think differently, we came up with genius resolutions. Bamboo – a durable, lightweight, easy-to-clean material that can offer a perfect set of outdoor dinnerware – is, unlike some plastics, free from toxic chemicals that might leech into food if exposed to acids. Super convinient as in being able to be used to serve wet, hot food in large quantity, bamboo plates also impress you for not being so heavy which allows themselves in non-seating parties. Beautiful texture is a solid gold of the choosen material. Those bamboo dinnerware complement any type of home decor, even for the sake of their natural beauty alone. Given that plates made from bamboo can come in different sizes, you can always find the one that suits you the most on the market. Moreover, bamboo is an easy-to-plant type of plants that can be made to get degraded completely within six months, thus making it a great choice for making disposable plates.
2. straw plates
Wheat straw is one of the popular green materials that have recently been researched and applied to manufacture different packaging and carrying products. To most eco buddies out there, it is obvious how using green materials can save the Earth from getting poisoned more serverely. We, however, want to give more information, for those who may want to know, about the benefits that these products can bring to our community. Wheat straw plates do not only come with a manner of being sturdy and strong, they also provide safety quality through acts and cooking steps involved microwave and freezer usage. In particular, some of them can even handle hot liquids up to near 100 °C. As made from a green material, wheat straw plates are fully compostable through home and commercial composting. These may compost completely in commercial facilities within 1 to 2 months, depending on temperature and weather condition. Without composting, these were tested to be fully compostable at home within 6 months, though some may not yet be certified for home composting.
3. leaf plates
Leaf plate is a broad term that refers to plates made from different type of tree leaves. Inspite of the diversity of trees and plants existing on Earth, some particular leaves appeared to be cheaper to be utilized into making green plates, such as palm leaf, areca leaf, banana leaf, ect. Existing in different forms, shapes and sizes, leaf plate as a broad term seems to come in so convinient for those who look for specific characteristics of the set of dinnerware. For example, palm plates tend to be sturdy and formed, just like wooden plates, which allow heavy, large quantity amount of food, as much as staying longer than more than just one-time usage while banana leaf plates are more flexible and lightweight, fully renewable and fully biodegradable, some of which were proven to be able to go back to nature within 28 days after use. We also have another article that provides more information (also more detail) about different types of leaf plates recently got so popular among the green lover community:
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4. paper plates
Instead of eating off a plastic plate and contribute more plastic waste to the magnitude mountain of human waste that already exists, we can move on to get green now. Another alternative for plastic plate is paper plate, composed of mainly plant fibers (wood pulp), which, safe to say, does little harm to the nature and can naturally compose after a period of roughly 20 years. Paper plates tend to be manufactured as thin, lightweight and surface-coated to be waterproof, thus appear to be flexible which brings out the convinience needed for non-seating parties and outdoor meals. However, this may be a disadvantage that their capability of holding just a limited amount of food may slightly disturb the guests. Also, some of the coating can be not so suitable for acts involved usage of microwave or freezer as they may release toxic chemicals throughout the operation. The product instructions, in these cases, should be read carefully.
5. wooden plates
You will probably love the way these beautiful holders look, and you always know you can totally find a safe option of wood dishes. Though, actually, not all wood dishes are safe. Most wood dishes on the market are stained with chemicals and then sealed with chemicals. But you can always find what you need on the market by looking for gaint good brands and making up your mind for you getting what you pay for. The products do not only provide such a luxurious royal vibe for your kitchen, but also enhance the taste of the food consumed by your family members. They are non-toxic and non-breakable. Perfect for kids! Although the usage of these wooden plates may come hand in hand with the act of hand washing, it is not an impossible task. As long as you rinse them off immediately after a meal, the food rinses off very easily. You can even use soap and bristle brush. If food ever gets stuck, you soak them, and the problem is solved. If you made the mistake of forgetting a plate left soaking. You can set them on the counter and let them dry. Things were fine before, they will be fine again.
6. glass plates
What a friendly old choice for those who are used to the cleanliness and luxurious feeling these always bring out. These little kitchen witches are great for any occasion. It is more than easy to mix and match them with any other type of dinnerware made from a wide range of materials due to their characteristic of being non-characteristic. A match of glass plates with wooden cups would be lovely. These are, also, available in wide range of shapes and sizes, for their long history in the market. Hence, looking for a high quality glass plate with reasonable price is not a difficult task to do. Moreover, these present a serving beautifully. Salad? Beefsteak? A small piece of cake? Literally anything. Glass plates can also be washed well, although some don’t really suit the heating up leftovers in the microwave purpose. Again, while buying online, read the descriptions as carefully as you can. If you need heat tempered – heat resistent type of glass for your daily plates, find those products that are mentioned to be. In many cases, you get what you pay for.
7. Slate plates
Slate plate is a new face on the eco market within the past decade. The fact that it is a newbie does not stop it from being a brightly potential candidate, however. Those exquisite, hand-cut and finished, deep-black natural slate plates can be found with the best quality offered on the existing market, though the new-born industry has just been established not so long ago. Slate natural color and textures are unmatched, and the hand-select ones are granted the unique finest, strongest and most beautiful properties. Let us give you a small tip: if you’re having an eye on these slate plates, make sure you get one with acrylic feet in order to protect your table and counter surfaces, or else be ready for insane scratches after a dine and wine night with your beloved ones. Because of the characteristics of slate, it would probably cost more to get plates shaped as round as the traditionals. Slate plates, more often, come in square and rectangle shapes which are available in various sizes.
8. marble plates
You need a modern set of dinnerware to revive your kitchen, an art of the designed to leave your guests admiring, these eye-catching plates will be your favorite piece in your kitchen. Remember those colorful marbles we always had our eyes on when we were kids? Such an art of nature that those textures were, right? Now these marble plates, appearing in classic sizes and shapes, make our childhood evergreen. The patterns those classic marble plates offer are one of those that’ll never fall out of season. These staple pieces are definitely worth your dollars! Just like china, ceramic and stone, marble plates are breakable, thus may be a turn-down if you have kids a round the table. The durable, however, takes several fallings to actually fall into pieces. Many products of this type of material is heat resistant so you can feel free to put it through microwave options.
9. earthenware plates
Classic and restrained in form, expressive and rustic in glaze are the exact characteristics you are looking for if come to make a deal on earthenware plates. A raised clay rim features a sandy glaze that evokes the feel of exposed terra cotta. These are generally available in various sizes and shapes for earthenware provides higher plasticity than most materials, thus make them easier to be put in more than just traditional round shape. Earthenware plates bring out the traditional look reminding us all to the Eastern culture and table manners. Elegant and delicate – you can find no more ideal of a plate than this one. These are proven to be not only enhance the taste of food, for they are, mainly organic compound, but also help your dishes somehow look more tastety under their old school unique texture.
10. MELAMINE plates
Melamine is a component in some mordern plastic tableware. When combined with formaldehyde, melamine becomes melamine resin, a substance that can be molded to create tableware under high temperature. Different from disposable plastic plates, however, these can be used and reused and recycled, that therefore, cause certain less harm to the evironment. You have probably seen (or used) melamine dishes, even if you may not get so familiar with the name. Melamine plates, bowls and cups are hard plastic dishes that are extremely durable, more melting than breaking, and come in a countless array of shapes, sizes, colors and patterns. They also have a distinct smooth texture. Like most plastic tableware, however, melamine dishes can potentially pose health risks by leaching chemicals into your food. You already know microwaving food in plastic containers (even microwave-safe plastic) is a big no for your health condition. Again, never skip the instructions.