If you use disposable dinnerware for your Thanksgiving dinner, I’ve got an excellent choice for you. VerTerra dinnerware is made from fallen palm leaves, and the brown, earthy disposable plates will look very stylish and seasonal on your table.

These aren’t regular paper plates. In fact, they aren’t paper at all. These plates from leaves are durable, leak-resistant, and compostable. I know, because I was sent a sample two months ago and put it through the paces.

I used one of the bowls for cereal, and then I left the milk in the bottom for several hours to see if the bowl got soggy. It didn’t. I ripped up one of the plates and put it in my composter when I first received the VerTerra. This weekend when I was turning the compost, it was clear that the plate was well on its way to becoming food for next year’s tomatoes. It is breaking down nicely. I also showed the dinnerware to several people, and they all liked the looks of it.

Now, we all know that using durable dinnerware is the greenest option, but if you’re going to choose disposable dinnerware, you should seriously consider VerTerra. The dinnerware is:

  • Made from fallen leaves, steam and heat
  • All natural – chemical, bleach and dye free
  • Microwave-, oven-, and refrigerator-safe
  • 100% biodegradable and compostable
  • Attractive and durable

While these disposable plates are appropriate any time you choose disposable, I do think they are especially appropriate for Thanksgiving because of their warm color. VerTerra can be ordered in larger quantities on their website, but they also have a handy store locator to help you find where you can buy the dinnerware near you. Several online retailers also sell the dinnerware. Depending on where you buy them, be prepared to spend about $1 on one 10 X10 inch dinner plate. VerTerra makes plates in four sizes, bowls, and serving trays. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

VerTerra disposable dinnerware
No trees were harmed in the making of this dinnerware.