(Closed) what eco-freindly plates/utensils did you use?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I second the bamboo plates and utensils.  The site that Miss Yap reccommended was also the cheapest place I found them.  I am thinking of using them for our wedding as well.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Is it eco friendly to rent China and real glasses and utensils?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We got our cake plates and forks from worldcentric.org.  I can’t vouch for the bigger plates but we were really happy with the little ones.  I’m sure they would be fine.  

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Whoops!  Sorry.  I’ve not been very active on here lately.  

Yes, they were the sugar cane plates and they seemed to work just fine.  They’re not like Chinet where you can just hold onto the edge and the plate will support a pile of ribs, you’d have to keep more of a hold on it than that but I would recommend them.

Post # 10
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Wannabee

I’ve long been a huge fan of Verterra, which are made from fallen Palm leaves. Since they’re one piece of material rather then a mash of reconstituted materials, they’re a lot stronger, and take less energy to make. And yeah, they look pretty cool too. My guests were definitely talking about them. And, I found them to compost really fast since, again, they’re basically leaves, steamed and cooled into shape. I found a piece written about them in Treehugger earlier this month: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/09/verterra-dinnerware-made-from-fallen-leaves.php

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Oh wow!  I’ve never heard of those.  The Verterra plates look very cool! 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You might also consider buying an inexpensive set of real china (Ikea, Target, Crate and Barrel Outlet, and others all have options that aren’t much more than the cost of disposables) and then donating them to a shelter or other organization afterwards—you get a tax writeoff for the donation, and you keep a little waste out of the landfill. Does require collecting and washing them, though.

Compostables of any variety seems like a good option, too, assuming you have municipal green waste composting or can arrange to give the waste to someone nearby who’d love it for their compost pile. The only caution I’d give is to test out any corn starch utensils first, if you can. We use some potato-starch utensils for work events that begin to break down almost before you’re done with the meal—not such a big deal at work because who cares, but at a wedding it might be more of a frustration! If you can get a small package to try out before buying all of them, you can make sure the particular brand is good to go. Ditto for cups—some are great (I think we’ve used cups similar to the PLA cold cups on the World Centric site before?) but a lot have issues. (When we became a green business last year, our company ordered samples of just about everything out there to choose what we’d use since our work involves a lot of community meetings with cups/napkins/plates involved.)

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@di5308:  we also used verterra for our reception and got so many compliments. they were sturdy, and really beautiful. also, if you email or call verterra and ask for wholesale prices, they just might hook you up with a sweet discount, making this option way more affordable than bamboo.

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