I was fortunate to receive a sample of disposable plates from Marx Foods.
The Palm Leaf plates are eco-friendly and attractive — a lot nicer than plain old paper plates — on your summer table.
My sample set included 5 dip bowls and 5 small round plates which were both perfect for serving. The plates are very sturdy and strong — we put them to the test when we were passing them around the table all day (I thought I was with the Bunker’s of “All In the Family”).
If you didn’t know their life story (the plates not the Bunker’s) you would never think they were disposable. Because the Palm Leaf plates are made from palm leaves (they also have a nice texture representative of the palm leaves) they can be susceptible to the moisture from liquids and oils which will eventually weaken the plates.
When I was setting out the food on the plates, I placed a very dry lettuce leaf in the center of the plate. Then I put the food on the lettuce to protect the plate. It worked very well and it made the food look extra delicious. Who says barbecue can’t be dressed up.
If you want to reuse the plates just use a little caution. Keep in mind that the plates are made from leaves so they will absorb any oils or moisture.
I reused a few of the plates that we used for our cookies and cake. There was no oil or sauces that penetrated the plates, so I used a slightly soapy sponge, gently rinsed the plates and quickly dried them for use the next day.
I loved the Palm Leaf plates. I was proud to use them knowing I was being environmentally conscious and reducing my family’s carbon footprint. The bonus was the plates looked great on our patio table and they held up way better than the paper plates we normally use.
Repurposing, reusing, and recycling the lost leaves of the Areca/Adaka palm trees to make these plates is a good thing — they are naturally biodegradable and can be used for compost. Something to keep in mind when you are prepping your vegetable garden.
Thank you Marx Foods!