Frequently Asked Questions about our eco-friendly palm leaf tableware:

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What is disposable palm leaf tableware?

Our palm leaf plates & bowls are made from naturally fallen areca palm leaves that are collected by local farmers in South Indian & Sri Lankan peninsula. These leaves are then washed in the spring water and heat pressed into desired shape. Our products are 100% natural, safe and eco friendly.

Are your palm leaf products sustainable?

No trees are cut down during the process. An areca palm leaf tree sheds about eight times a year, making it sustainable and renewable resource. We have proudly partnered up with local start ups across 3 different states in South India, who employ majority rural female workers. Being a company led by She/Her/Hers, Eco Leaf Products are a big supporter female empowerment & ethical trading.

Are any chemicals added during the manufacturing of these plates?

No chemicals/additives/toxins/polish is used in manufacturing of these plates. Only water & heat is used throughout the process.

Is any chemical added to these plates which adds to its aroma?

All these plates are made from natural palm leaves and each leaf carries a natural aroma. No artificial scent is added at any stage of manufacturing process.

Is any tree harmed/cut for getting raw material for these plates?

No, only naturally fallen leaves who have completed their life cycle are used for manufacturing of these products. The raw material source is completely sustainable and no tree is harmed at all.

No two plates look exactly same. Why is that so?

No two leaves are the same, and hence no two palm leaf dishes are the same. These plates are made from natural palm leaves with no chemical used; each plate carries a unique character. Their may be slight variation in the product colour, size and texture. It is common and perfectly normal to see some of the plates with discoloured spots and irregular shades. This is the beauty & an important feature of our natural products, made from palm leaves.

How do I dispose used plates and bowls?

Our product are biodegradable and compostable. Because there is no bonding agents, wax coatings or chemicals; it becomes good organic compost when disintegrates. You can simply put it in backyard composting bins. In the absence of home compost bins, our palm leaf plates can be disposed off in regular trash or food waste bins, as they will decompose naturally in a landfill. You don't need a commercial composting facility to do so.

How long will it take for Orchard Eco Products' palm leaf plates to decompose?

Our palm leaf plates will fully decompose in 6-8 weeks leaving behind nutrient rich compose. Like most organic matter, the duration of decomposition depends on few factors such as composting process used, humidity, heat etc.