Friday, September 10, 2010

Palm Leaf Plates Give Away & Review

I just recently had the opportunity to try out a wonderful new product with the help of my friend, Angela at Marx Foods and the Foodie Blogroll. In conjunction with Marx Foods the Foodie Blogroll Team, blogroll members were offered a chance to try out these beautiful eco-friendly, disposable plates, made from Palm Leaf's, at no cost! Getting free stuff is especially nice when it has to do with my favorite stuff for my kitchen!

I've had previous experience with a similar product made from bamboo, when I was catering for a gourmet eatery in Florida. We used the plates for special events and beach wedding receptions as a beautiful alternative to paper or plastic plates. Brides and their families were pleased to have a reasonably priced alternative to renting china service. Of course, we loved the idea because our event clean up was a cinch!

Marx Foods describes these plates as great for entertaining. Elegant and durable, disposable party plates that are an eco-friendly alternative to conventional disposable plates. These biodegradable plates are a natural and renewable resource. Naturally discarded sheaths of the leaves of the Adaka palm tree are collected from the forest floor. No trees are cut down. The plates and the disposable cutlery are even compostable!

What set the Palm leaf plates apart from the bamboo version I used in the past, was the handsome and harmonious nature of individual leaf designs and their overall organic charm.  Marx Foods also offers Birch wood disposable forks, knives and spoons to accompany these beautiful plates!! The plates are also very versatile, as you can dress them up or down depending on your special event or occasion. The natural elegance of these plates would make any table look stunning!

I love the idea of the eco-friendly alternative and the natural beauty of these plates but I did encounter a few drawbacks...
The beauty of these plates made it difficult for me to toss them out! My mind kept telling me that they are meant to be disposable but their beauty made me winch when I put them in the trash! I just kept telling myself that I was helping the environment and shut my eyes as the lid to the trash was closing.

Palm Leaf plates are more expensive than the eco-friendly paper versions found in super markets and stores, so that too added to my discomfort when putting them in the trash.  Unfortunately, the plates can only be used once as they are porous and retain food particles.  They also loose their shape after washing.

Don't get me wrong...the plates are durable and stand up to just about any type of food, they even last long enough to reuse for a second helping if so desired!
Other good news, is that it's possible to make use of bowls and plates that are used to hold dry ingredients;  wipe out with a damp cloth and their ready for your next gathering.

So why choose these plates over the cheaper versions? 

They are drop dead gorgeous, affordable for weddings and large gatherings as well as disposable. The user can also rest in the knowledge that they are adding in the health and well being of our planet while still maintaining a delightful setting for their special event. 

For more information and a list of designs visit

Thank you Angela, Marx Foods and the Foodie Blogroll Team! 

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  1. Hi Rebecka,
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and the lovely words.I also have a spicy palate just like u!
    I just loved the tortilla soup recipe on your blog.Will try it soon.
    And these bamboo plates are so beautiful.I m a huge fan of such eco friendly stuff.
    Sinfully Spicy

  2. Hi Rebecka, thanks so much for visiting my blog! These bamboo plates are gorgeous. During busy times its so tempting to use disposable, but I always feel so guilty about it. I will seek these out in my area! Look forward to stopping back soon to see what you are up to . . . Cheers, Michelle

  3. Sinfullyspicy...spicy is always better in my opinion!! I hope you enjoy the tortilla soup and get the chance to try out the leaf plates!

    Michelle...I too, try to stay away from using paper or plastic disposables. I'm so excited to see more companies looking for eco-friendly alternatives. Hopefully, with more competition the plates will become more economical to use for everyday.

    Thank you both for stopping my blog! I really enjoyed both of your blogs and look forward to keeping up with all your new and wonderful recipes!

  4. The palm leaf eco-friendly plates are brilliant!


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