Palm Leaf and Sustainability
There are over 2,500 species of palm trees that can be found in extremely humid and dry climates. The abundance of palm trees in these areas encourages people to use them for resources and for natural materials - especially their fallen leaves.
Palm tree leaves are sustainable as well as durable and can be used to replace many other materials, such as polystyrene foam. Polystyrene foam, also known as Styrofoam, is detrimental to the environment. In addition to how long it takes to break down in a landfill or nature (approximately 500 years), polystyrene foam releases hazardous gases into the air if burned. Since Styrofoam is mostly made up of air, it is cheaper to purchase virgin polystyrene instead of trying to re-use or recycle it. There is no easy or eco-friendly way to dispose of this harmful material.
Using palm leaves in tableware (especially to replace styrofoam or plastic) is a more sustainable and eco-friendly option.
Our palm leaf tableware is made from fallen palm leaves that would have otherwise been thrown away or composted. Finding a way to give them another purpose helps create a more beneficial and closed-loop life cycle for the palm tree.
Each palm leaf plate and bowl is made from 100% organic material; it’s free from harmful chemicals and is biodegradable, and truly compostable.
Next time you reach for a disposable tableware item - ask yourself if it’s compostable, biodegradable, and more importantly - what material is it made of? Choosing materials that are natural, like bamboo, birch, or palm is always better for the environment.