Eco-Dinnerware from Fallen Leaves & Some Facts about Plastic Dishes
The volume of single-use tableware utilized by people every day is enormous. But even more formidable is the harm such dinnerware does to people’s health and the environment.
It is well understood that disposable kitchenware is for the most part produced of versatile types of plastic. According to recent research, regular contacts with plastic dishes and cutlery can cause hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, infertility, cancer and many other serious diseases. The thing is that along with foodstuffs toxins produced by plastic gain access to our bodies. These toxins accumulate in human body and do harm to our health. And can you imagine what damage is caused to people using plastic dinnerware and packaging on a daily basis?
Large-scale use of disposable plastic dinnerware causes irreparable harm to the environment as well. Recycling of polymeric waste is a very costly and expensive process that is almost never used. In eco-systems plastic wastes are almost not apt to biological breakdown process and take up to several hundred years to decay! Nowadays oceans are already polluted with huge plastic waste islands. And all living beings suffer from their impact.
But fortunately science doesn’t stand still and thanks to innovative technologies we get a chance to create eco-friendly dinnerware that is safe both for us and the environment. Nowadays single-use tableware can be produced from sugar cane, maize starch, wheat hay and even… fallen leaves.
VerTerra is an American company that produces Dinnerware From Fallen Leaves and water. This kitchenware is compostable, absolutely safe and non-toxic. The manufacturing process takes place in India, because that is the place where the right trees grow. Fallen leaves are processed with steam and wrung out in the wringer. As a result we get light, yet very solid dinnerware. It’s microwave, oven, refrigerator and freezer safe.
Some people even have it hand-washed and use multiple times. After utilization the dinnerware can be used to fertilize soil – it completely decays within 2 months! This is the dinnerware that is truly respectful of our planet.