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Green Disposable Dinnerware Guide

As more loyal customers are demanding a smaller carbon footprint from their favorite chain or local restaurant, the foodservice industry is focusing heavily on going green. Running a sustainable and eco-friendly establishment is a new standard, not just a distinguishing niche for marketing. Whether you run a takeout restaurant, concession stand, catering business, food truck, or you're just throwing a party, it's important to supply eco-friendly products to all customers and guests. From plates and bowls to platters and trays, we have something for every market that's devoted to going green!

Types of Eco-Friendly Disposables

Traditional disposable products have received a bad reputation over the years and have created a lot of waste in landfills across the country. Because they can take hundreds of years to break down, many establishments are now shying away from traditional disposable options. Luckily, manufacturers today are jumping on the opportunity to create more eco-friendly products. Learn more about the green dinnerware options that go beyond traditional disposable dinnerware.

Compostable Bamboo Plates

Round compostable bamboo plate

From trusted vendors such as Bambu and EcoChoice, we offer only the best options of plates, forks, knives, and sporks! Each piece of dinnerware is compostable and FDA approved. Choose from round or square plates, all available in various sizes. Known for outstanding durability, all-natural bamboo won't bend or buckle with even the heftiest of portions, giving you and your guests peace of mind!

Disposable Wood Dinnerware

disposable wooden spoon

Much of our disposable flatware is made from FSC certified solid birch wood due to its ability to break down in as little as 80 days in an industrial composting facility. It also provides ultimate durability and strength, which makes it a desirable material for flatware. Also, since birch wood is a hard wood, its edges are incredibly smooth, so there's no need to worry about splinters or your food tasting like wood. Use this disposable birch wood flatware for full meal service, or hand out taste samplings at your market, bakery, ice cream shop, or cafe. We offer cups and cones made from pinewood for alternative serving options that demonstrate a commitment to the environment.

Eco-Friendly Palm Leaves

Heart-shaped eco-friendly palm leaf plate

Dinnerware made from palm leaves provides you with a naturally beautiful and functional option. Vendors such as Eco-gecko and EcoChoice work to create durable and attractive products. Palm leaves are a by-product of acrea palm trees; and if these leaves aren't being used as a renewable resource to create dinnerware, they will most likely be collected and burned. These products are all-natural and come in several different sizes. Take your pick from plates and bowls with an artistic flare! Square shaped dinnerware provides a modern appeal, or you can use heart shaped plates as disposable wedding dinnerware. There's an option for anything from small sides to full entrees!

Plant Fiber Dinnerware

White square sugarcane / bagasse plate

Plant fiber disposable dinnerware is another economical alternative to traditional, non-compostable products. Choose from dinnerware made from sugercane or bagasse, wheat straw, wood, and other plant fibers or by products. They boast a fresh and crisp appearance and are great for reheating purposes. These products are commercially compostable, allowing you to transform your cafeteria or food court by going green.

Disposable Kraft Paperboard

Round kraft paperboard plate

Kraft paperboard is another environmentally-friendly alternative for your catering event, deli, cafe, or market! Made from 100% unbleached paperboard, our Kraft plates have an added coating, which makes them cut and leak resistant. Unlike other plates with plastic (PET) coatings that will not break down over time, these Kraft plates feature a natural silicone based release finish that will deteriorate, ensuring the entire plate is compostable. These products also have a superior 3-ply strength and can be used in the microwave. Additionally, leftovers can be conveniently covered and stored in freezers that cool up to -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Unbleached Kraft Paper Napkins

Wooden spoon on kraft napkin next to sugarcane plate with salad

Made from 100% recycled materials, these paper napkins are more environmentally friendly than comparable napkins. Many are also made of post consumer content to help promote a sustainable environment. These unbleached paper napkins will not release toxic bleaching chemicals into the environment after you dispose of them. Once used, they can simply be thrown away without contaminating the land or water with chemicals like traditional disposable napkins.

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