How Palm Leaf Plates are Made

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The construction of environmentally friendly Palm Leaf Plates is a natural, renewable, and simple process:



Freshly fallen, naturally discarded sheaths of the leaves of the Adaka palm tree are collected. To be clear, these are not pulled off the tree, nor are any trees cut down, as this is a non-timber forest resource. The trees naturally shed their old leaves, which are then picked up and put to good use.

Each raw sheath is then rinsed with water to remove any clinging dirt. It is then hand washed in a natural mixture of water and turmeric. The leaves are then rinsed a third time in water.

Once clean, the palm sheaths naturally air dry.

The palm leaves are then hand stretched and flattened. Various plate profiles, including round, square and hexagon-shaped dinner plates, are molded using a heated press. Multiple plates (of differing shapes and sizes) are often cut from each leaf to reduce waste.

Once clean and cut, each plate is sun-dried and packaged for sale.

In addition to this environmentally conscious production method, these durable palm leaf plates are also completely biodegradable and compostable (after all, they are literally a leaf), making them quite possibly the greenest disposable plates available.

So next time you’re throwing a big event—whether it’s burgers and ribs in the backyard, or a formal affair with filet mignons–leave the flimsy paper or forever-in-a-landfill plastic dishes alone and go palm plate instead!

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