Compostable Packaging Test: Bambu Plates Breakdown

by , 11/11/10

sustainable design, green design, packaging the future, biodegradable packaging, green packaging, composting test, green materials, bambu plates

So the real reason that compostables are better than plastic is that they are better for the health of human beings (and other animals). Over time, they also take up less space in landfills. And that’s only looking at the disposal part of the cycle; a quick look at how a plastic plate is made, versus how one is made from natural materials that biodegrade, shows that the creation process for plastics creates more toxic waste too (though due to the size of production facilities — essentially the scale of production — plastics may use less energy to create).

I know, it’s a lot to think about the next time you get your friends together for chips and drinks and you’re looking for some plates for the apps. I would definitely buy Bambu plates if I absolutely HAD to use disposables. But if you want to save money and really be environmentally friendly, use real dishes and get your friends to help you wash up. A lot of our conveniences are just that — not really necessary. I regularly entertain both indoors and out, and I use the real stuff when I do. If you are afraid of ruining your plates or kids breaking them, consider thirfting some extra plates (Goodwill always has fun prints available that you can mix and match) and storing them for parties. Disposable ANYthing is never as good as reusable objects, at least when it comes to the planet.

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  1. jill swanson November 14, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Love the Bambu and the Verterra. I work for a caterer and we’ve used both. The Bambu is a more sturdy (like a solid wood plate) and the veterra is much more unique (every plate looks a different). If you need larger quantities for big parties, these guys have them both in bulk:

  2. geva November 14, 2010 at 6:45 am

    great break down Starre… great to bring all the points to the table

  3. stephanie gale November 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Good to know! Personally, if I have to use disposables, I like VerTerra’s version; plates made from fallen leaves. Supposedly breaking down in about 2 weeks, and also available at Whole Foods stores and other natural foods marekts. (I don’t have a compost pile, but maybe that could be your next test??)

  4. Diane Pham November 11, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    love these, i’m going to try them out at the next dinner party i have.

  5. kestrel November 11, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    love to see the real “break down” on this issue!

  6. Yuka Yoneda November 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I always wanted to buy these but was never sure if they’d really break down. Now I know. Thanks Starre!

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