Save The Trees, Use Leaves! VerTerra
VerTerra just won the Natural Products Expo East's 2008 Best New Green, Environmentally-Friendly Product Award for its paper plate products -- items that are generally considered wasteful by environmentalists. But see how VerTerra products are made and you will understand why it won this green award!
Though the largest resource for paper products is trees, paper can be made from a variety of plants, like papyrus, for example, paper's first source back around 3500 BC. VerTerra (true to the earth) makes its paper from dried fallen leaves and water, forms it into dinnerware, and sells it in economical packages. You can reuse the plates up to eight times, and then place them in your garden where they will decompose and feed your own plants and trees. VerTerra is paper that comes from the earth and goes back to the earth. How green is that?
Maybe VerTerra didn't have to be as green as it is to win the award, and maybe it didn't need to look as stylish as it does... but its paper plates are really neat. Take a look at the styles and grain ... not bad for paper plates! Here are just a few of VerTerra's nine styles...
VerTerra Round Bowls
VerTerra Hexagon Plates
VerTerra Rectangular Platters
VerTerra's founders are not only committed to making a pure, compostable product that happens to be reusable, microwavable, and oven and refrigerator safe, but they are committed to helping the lives of those less fortunate. All of VerTerra's products are made in south Asia, where workers are paid fair wages, in accordance with international standards, so that they can support their families.
Considering the quality, style, and life span of VerTerra's paper serving plates, they are surprisingly well-priced, averaging about $1 US per plate. You can learn more about VerTerra or purchase the plates directly from VerTerra's website.