On the road to Chota Tingrai Tea Estate, Avantika and I cross a dump. It’s a rather disgusting place – full of plastic bags splattered with curry and achar, old newspapers, and rotting pp bags. There is always smoke rising from the immortal plastic fire that smolders within the ever-growing heap’s bowels. It’s also a haunt for local cows. Before visiting India, I didn’t realize how much cows like to eat garbage. But they do.
Avantika and I detest this dump with its piled dried slurry and occasional hog. Avantika has tried for the last five years to figure out a waste-to-energy project or new collection system for the local government to take up so they can get rid of this eye and scent sore. However, she has not had any success in even slowing the growth of the pile.
Our shared detest of waste coupled with this regular reminder of the perils of plastic has led Avantika and me to search out waste reducing projects and products.
In many ways, organic agriculture harvests what can be considered waste. We make compost from dried leaves and cow dung – both of which would have been burned otherwise. We collect weeds from the tea garden to make herbal sprays that reduce pest attacks. We even feed our kitchen waste to our cows. (FYI – we don’t let our cows eat plastic bags. We love our cows. My cow’s name is Garfield).
However, we have wanted to move beyond organic tea production for some time. Which is why, Avantika and I are proud to introduce our new line of reusable, and ultimately compostable Areca Palm Leaf plates.
Areca Palm Leaf plates are made from fallen palm leaves. They are biodegradable, and backyard compostable, which is the whole point for us. They don’t need to end up in a dump. Even if they do, they will harmlessly decompose a few weeks’ time.
Each plate is as unique as a fingerprint, almost a work of art. They can hold any kind of food with a simple elegance that makes them appropriate at any occasion from a rustic camping trip to a May wedding.
Their sturdiness and elegance make these plates the perfect alternative to ugly one-time use paper or plastic plates.
Here are just a few of the benefits of Areca Palm Leaf Plates
- 100 % Biodegradable
- 100 % Home Compostable
- 100% Chemical, Bleach, and Toxin-free (No chemicals at any stage)
- 100% Leak Proof, Resists of Oil and Water
- Hand washable
- Re-useable (if you wash it out and air dry them if you want to).
- Microwave and Freezer Safe
- Lightweight yet strong
- Resistant to hot and cold
- Suitable for hard/liquid food
- Perfect for every occasion
- Water resistant
Our current packs include 25 dining sets – 25 Areca Palm leaf plates, 25 sustainably grown fork, knives, and spoons. Perfect if you want to run outside and have a picnic with friends or have a romantic night next to the backyard fire.
Avantika and I hope you will give our plates a try. For a limited time, you can buy them on Amazon or our website for $19.95.