German company Leaf Republic has developed beautiful disposable tableware made from nothing but leaves. Perfect for picnics and as outdoor tableware, these innovative leaf bowls are constructed from large leaves stitched together with palm leaf fibers and pressed into different bowl shapes. Leaf Republic’s tableware are not only biodegradable—they decompose in the outdoors within a month as compared to plastic, which can take over two years—but they’re also waterproof.
Nicknamed the “one-way dishes,” these leaf bowls are made with zero plastics, additives, oils, glues, or chemicals. All bowls are made in a German factory near Munich using CNC mills and pressing machines. Each biodegradable bowl is made from three layers: a waterproof leaf-made paper layer sandwiched between two layers of pressed and stitched leaves. The bowls also come with an optional lid made from bioplastic or recycled plastic.
“This is not only about outdoor tableware,” writes Leaf Republic. “It is about food packaging. It is about preventing plastic waste. It is about preventing trees from being cut for paper production. It is about the next generations.” Leaf Republic is currently raising funds to take their biodegradable tableware off the ground and into a fully automated production line. You can help the company and buy a set of Leaf Republic plates by pledging support on their Kickstarter.
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