Thursday, July 15, 2010

4 Awesome Alternatives to Plastic Dinnerware

Plastic dinnerware has definitely had its place in our home before, but when you get down to it, eating on plastic is eating on a petroleum based product. The more you can stay away from these things, especially plastic, the more environmentally friendly you can make your home and your habits. So today we bring you a few alternatives to your plasticware, and the great thing is, much to my surprise, the options aren't astronomically expensive!

Corelle<sup>®</sup> Square™ Cherry Blossom 16-pc Set
First up we've got dinnerware from a company called Corelle. Corelle's plates and bowls are made from a material called Vitrelle glass, and come in the square variety (shown above) as well as your classic circular plates and bowls. They're resistant to breaking, dishwasher, and microwave safe, and perhaps the best part, they come in a huge variety of classic patterns. Check their website for something you like. A set of 16 will run you a reasonable $50.

The most unique of the bunch will have to go to the Wasara line by Joanne Hudson. These elegant, disposable, and biodegradable plates and bowls are made from bamboo, sugar cane, and reed fibers and can stand the heat. The price isn't great at about a dollar a piece, but they're running a promotion if you become a fan of Joan Hudson on Facebook, you get 10% off your next order.
Check the Joanne Hudson website for more options!

Bambu Veneerware™ Bamboo Disposable Plates, Set of 8

Another great disposable, biodegradable option is Bambu Veneerware from Sur la Table. This stuff is a great, green alternative to paper and plastic and will biodegrade about 6 months after use. Set of 8 will run you $13-$15.

Perhaps my favorite, for its reuseability and its natural look, is this acacia wood dinnerware (or any wood dinnerware) from Mimi's Mercantile.  Easy to wash with soap and water; light and durable finish make these a great replacement for plastic. Depending on what size you want, they'll cost you $12 a pop.

Is there any alternatives you like that we didn't cover? Let us know!

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