I love to entertain and believe in the motto, the more people, the better.However, my love of entertaining has always clashed with my environmental side since I had to use paper plates. Who has service for over 20?
What about biodegradable plates, you might ask? Unfortunately, there is no commercial composter near me where I can dispose of them. My backyard composter is just too small. So, what is a party girl supposed to do?
Verterra to the rescue!These stylish plates and bowls are not only reusable, eco-friendly, but they make a handsome table top statement as well. The dishes are made of 100% renewal and compostable fallen leaves and water, and best of all, do not contain any chemicals, waxes, dyes or harmful toxins.
How do these plates hold it together?The Company simply applies steam, heat and pressure to the fallen leaves to create this disposable dinnerware, which will naturally biodegrade in two months. According to the Company, you can throw them right into the composter. Don’t have a composter? No worries. They will decompose in a landfill.
That’s not all, folks. Verterra tableware are fair trade products as well. All products are made in South Asia where their employees receive a fair wage, work in safe conditions and have access to health care.
How did Verterra come to be? The Company is the brainchild of environmentalist, 30’s ish Michael Dwork. While doing an internship in India, he encountered a woman pressing water soaked leaves into a make shift waffle iron. She thereupon pulled out the plate and used it to serve food she was selling. It was an epiphany for Dwork and he spent the rest of his summer and his business school years at Columbia University MBA program refining Verterra’s dinnerware.
How many of you are germ-phobic? It is okay to admit it. We are all friends here. I know some of you are wondering if these plates are sterile. When the leaves are brought to the Company’s owned factory, they are sprayed with high pressure water, steamed, and then UV sterilized. Go ahead and use the plates right away. No need to wash them before use.
The plates are intended for single use, but I have used my plates several times. I clean them with soap and water. The plates end up looking a little wobbly, but I put a couple of apples on them to serve as paper weights to flatten them again.
Oven, microwaves and freezers do not scare these dishes. According to the Company, it is safe to put the plates in the microwave for two minutes or in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. You can even store food on them in the fridge or freezer. Talk about hard working dishes!
Think these plates are too good to be true? They are, except one problem. They stain. Other reviews I read said that the plates stained for tomato sauce or ketchup. Mine did not when I put ketchup and tomato sauce on them. Perhaps, I am too obsessive and wash my dishes too quickly after we are done eating. However, pizza oil stained them. (See picture above.) Beets will also stain the plates.
The Company offers their classic line of 6” hexagon bowl ($7.99/8 pack or $43/for 100), 6 by 9” plate (8.99/8 and $43/100) 7” round bowl ($8.99/12) and 9” square plates ($9.99/8 and $50/100.)
In addition, the new Signature line, which can be pre-ordered for delivery in March, 2009, is a sleeker adaptation of the classic line. The plates and bowls come in various sizes ranging form 4 by 4 to 12 by 12 for holiday belt loosening eating. The bowls come in either 6 by 8 or 8 by 8 sizes. Dwork is obviously a party animal himself, since he has left no rock unturned on this alternatives tableware. Verterra also sells platter ranging in size from 7 by 8.5 to 14 by 16, which you can easily fit a roast on. The Signature Line‘s prices vary, and some of the lines can be bought in bulk quantities up to 300 dishes.
Future plans for the Company? A newer seamless e-commerce site and undisclosed distributors will be selling the plates. The web site will have a store locator for your nearest distributor.
Super Bowl and Valentine’s is right around the corner. Even the NBA All Star Weekend VIP party and NFL Super Bowl VIP party chose Verterra’s dinnerware for their parties. How about you?
Even Martha Stewart would love these stylish plates! Compostable, nontoxic, stylish, and Fair Trade. What is not to love?
In fact, Verterra has been kind enough to offer the following tableware to one lucky Green Talk reader:
(4x) 6″ Square
(4x) 10″ Square
(2x) 7″ Tray
In order to enter the giveaway contest, you must live in the US or Canada, and be 18 or older and follow the rules below:
• Leave me a comment here as to your favorite party food or dish (green or otherwise). If you don’t have one, just say so.
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• You must enter by February 9, 2009, 6 PM EST time to win.
• A winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, February 10, 2009. Good Luck everyone!
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