So can I dispose off the used foodware without causing any harm to the environment?
That’s the true beauty of Earthens leaf based Bioplates. You can compost them either in home compost or in municipal composting facilities. If you don’t have home compost but have a garden/ back yard, you could just break the plates up and bury them. If none of these options are available to you, just dispose them with your regular garbage and the foodware – will naturally biodegrade in 6-8 weeks. This process uses 90% less energy than recycling.
Are Earthens Bioplates truly green?
All Earthens Bioplates are made from palm leaves that are naturally shed, home compostable, fully biodegradable and contain NO chemical or toxins. It’s a perfect example of the cradle to cradle concept. Try and experience it, so you can be the judge.
How are Earthens Bioplates made?
The three-step process is as simple as the product:
- Fallen palm leaves are collected and washed thoroughly.
- The leaves are placed in a heat press and stamped into shape.
- The plates are cut into the finished shape and size and trimmed.
How strong are Earthens Bioplates?
Our products are very strong and sturdy. In fact, we are pretty sure they are the strongest disposables out there. This makes them an absolute joy to eat from at events where they have to be held in the hand.
Are Earthens Bioplates recyclable?
No. Recycling involves melting permanent materials (i.e. metals, glass, plastic, and etc), and reforming them for reuse.
Do I need to wash the products before use?
No. They have been sterilized and cleaned so please feel free to use them straight out of the packet.
Can I use regular cutlery with Earthens Bioplates?
Absolutely! Our bioplates are light weight yet strong enough to be used with a knife and fork without risk of punctures or leaks.
Do Earthens Bioplates hold liquids?
Absolutely! Our bioplates are superior and are all ideal for soups, curries or any other liquid foods you can cook up with an ease and comfort that other types of disposables can only dream of. And you won’t get that sogginess you might have experienced with other disposables (we call it “that horrible sinking feeling”).
How does Earthens Bioplates react to heat?
The product has excellent insulating properties and can take heat very well. You can comfortably hold your bowl or plate of hot food without cooking your hand!
Is it safe to put Earthens Bioplates in a microwave, oven, or fridge?
Yes, within reason. Earthens Bioplates are significantly more durable than plastic or paper plates. It’s perfectly safe to heat our plates in the microwave for up to 2 minutes or in an oven up to 350 degrees for 45 minutes (making sure they are at least 6″ from heat source). You can also store Earthens Bioplates in the refrigerator or freezer.
If you want to freeze your meat or fish go ahead anduse Earthens Bio trays.
Will these affect the taste of my food?
No. Earthens Bioplates won’t alter the taste of your food in any way. They also have no lacquers on them, so there’s nothing to leach into your food-something that can happen with plastics or PLA plastics.
Are these clean? Do I need to wash them before I use them?
You can serve meals on our products straight out of the package! All Earthens Bioplates are cleaned and UV sterilized no less than three (3) times, so they’re extremely clean.
Are Earthens Bioplates completely non-toxic?
Yes, all of our products are completely non-toxic, because we use nothing but leaves and spring water.
Isn’t shipping your product from India energy inefficient?
Ships do use energy, but they are a surprisingly efficient means of transportation, especially since our products pack flat. In fact, the energy for us to ship a container to our warehouse is equal to a truck driving round trip from Sydney to Brisbane. We believe we have a negative carbon impact, between us saving millions of leaves from being burned and our hyper-efficient factory.
How does Earthens ensure its manufacturers adhere to human rights standards?
We ensure that the factories operate under sound labor conditions, pay fair wages and follow local labor standards. We also ensure the highest manufacturing standards. Earthens requires code of conduct signed by all factories. Our procurement staff routinely visits these factories to ensure they are maintaining these working standards. We also have third parties audit to the factories at least once a year to ensure they adhere to proper labor regulations.
From where do you procure your products (get the leaves)?
Our bioplates are produced in India–there are no leaves in Australia that would work.
Why does each of the plates/ bowls/ tray look different?
Each Earthens Bioplate is unique because of the natural texture, color and pattern of the leaf it’s made from. We do not alter the leaves in anyway.
Are they single-use/disposable? (They seem so durable)?
We know it’s hard to believe that Earthens Bioplates are intended for single-use, but our line is actually fully biodegradable and compostable. Because we do not use any bonding agents, lacquers or chemicals and our product is natural and porous, we cannot legally recommend washing and reusing Earthens. We can, however, tell you that our customers often write in that they hand wash the plates and enjoy them time and again.