Guide to eco-friendly tableware

18th May 2017

Your guests become ever more discerning about the carbon footprint that businesses impose on the environment. Eco-friendly efforts made by businesses in the food industry are rewarded with more trust and visits from your customer.

For a material to be Eco-friendly, it must be from a renewable source and it must be biodegradable. Understanding the environmental impact of your tableware choices as your restaurant commits to be Eco-friendly.

Bamboo decomposes in 4-6 months. It is sourced from certified organic bamboo forests. Bamboo is pesticide, die, and toxin free; pressed into shape with heat and steam. It is rustic in its appearance, sturdy, leak resistant and creates an authentic design aesthetic. This material is great for plates, bowls, cutlery and platters.

Wood, either birch or pine wood is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and decomposes in 80 days. The utensils, plates, and bowls are smoothly finished and formed into simplistic yet, elegant designs.

Palm Leaves are used to create plates and bowls and will decompose in 4-6 months. Fallen palm leaves are collected and pressed into shape with heat and steam. The natural ridged lines of palm leaf provides an authentic, exotic tableware experience for your guests.

Sugarcane Bagasse is made from 100% recycled paperboard and from the remaining sugarcane pulp after processing. It decomposes in 4-6 months. Bagasse containers vary from tableware to take out containers. Bagasse is is leak-proof, crack resistant, and reliable for heavy or wet foods.

PLA Plastic Bioplastics decompose in in 3-6 months are made with renewable, natural materials like corn starch and tapioca roots. Usually used to make plastic cups, bottles and lids, PLA is great for cold foods and liquids.

The difference between compostable and biodegradable is subtle, but important to understand as you make educated decisions about Eco-friendly tableware. Biodegradable materials will completely disintegrate and disappear within one year of disposal. Compostable materials on the other hand, decompose within 4 months. There must be scientific evidence that the material will break down, and become part of safe and usable compost.