In the spirit of our biodegradable palm plates, we asked our readership to tell us things they were doing to make the world a greener place and got 140 responses, here are just a few of the great ones:
Some people offered innovative eco-living tips like:
I’m greener because I bought 50 white shop towels and keep them next to the sink. I use them instead of paper towels, they get washed every week. I bought them 18 months ago and they are still in use. – Robin T. in Orange, CA
Others employed humor:
I’m greener because I feed my leftovers to my boyfriend instead of throwing them away. – Anya in Astoria, NY
And a special few took their eco-friendly commitment to truly heroic heights:
I’m greener because I dumpster dive to save recyclable bottles, and recycle-bin dive to clean out the trash, making me a little green in the face, somewhat sticky, and wholly devoted to keeping the world green by being green! – Vanessa S. in Solana Beach, CA
We salute you Vanessa (and those like you). We’d love to shake your hand …just as soon as you’ve washed it.
For those of you who look at this massive outpouring of eco-pride and don’t see the connection with disposable plates, consider this:
These plates, while just as convenient and disposable as popular plastic and paper plates:
• Are stronger, they don’t get soggy or buckle.
• Are far more attractive with a wood feel and appearance. Many couples feel comfortable using them as disposable wedding plates!
• Biodegrade naturally and can even be composted.
• Are pressed directly from naturally discarded palm leaves, no trees are cut down or harmed in any way…their dropped leaves (a renewable resource) are just being recycled.
• Are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to suit any need, including round dinner plates, rectangular dinner plates, and hexagonal dinner plates in addition to bowls, picnic sets, and matching wood utensils. This convenient variety also means that multiple plates and bowls can be easily pressed from each leaf, reducing waste.
So yes, you CAN avoid doing the dishes in an environmentally friendly manner that doesn’t involve getting your dog to lick them clean!
(Not that you’d do that anyway…right?)