How is Eko Future dinnerware made?
Our plates are made out of leaf sheaths that grow on areca palm trees in India. No trees are ever cut down, instead, the leaves fall naturally on the ground. Then they are collected and washed thoroughly with fresh water to remove dirt and dust. The leaves are then heat pressed into the desired shapes and sizes. Finally, the plates are cleaned, sterilized, and packaged.
Are any chemicals or coatings used in the manufacturing of these plates?
No chemicals, additives, sealants, or binding agents are used during the manufacturing process of the plates. Only water and heat is used throughout the process, thereby retaining their natural qualities.
Are the plates made of the same Palm tree from which Palm oil is harvested?
No. Our palm leaf products are made from naturally fallen leaves of the areca palm tree, and therefore do not negatively impact the environment or wild life. On the other hand, palm oil, which is linked to mass deforestation, is harvested from a completely different type of palm tree.
Why do the plates’ color and thickness differ for each plate?
The leaves that are used for the production of the plates are 100% natural. Therefore, color variations and thickness are a normal reflection of this natural variety. Since our products are not treated with any chemicals or additives, the original color remains.
Can I put these plates in the refrigerator or freezer?
Yes, you can put these areca palm leaf plates in a refrigerator or freezer, which makes them perfect for your desserts. The food will not react with the material of the product.
Can I use the Areca plates for hot food?
Yes, we have personally tested our products. Eko future plates are quite durable and can withstand hot food without going soggy.
Can I use Eko Future plates in the microwave?
Yes, since our plates are significantly more durable than plastic or paper plates, it is perfectly safe to heat them in the microwave for up to 2 minutes.
Are these plates reusable and can they be washed?
While Eko Future plates are very durable, they are disposable and recommended for single use only. However, you can reuse them with dry/not greasy foods that don’t leave residue. Please remember, that prolonged submersion in water will cause the plates to soften, as they are purely natural and not treated with any protective coatings.
How strong is Eko Future dinnerware?
Our plates are very durable and possibly the strongest disposables currently available in the market.
What can you fit on palm leaf plates?
The 10″ plates can hold most large meals. The 7″ plates are great for any desserts as well as appetizers. The 5.5″ plates can fit bite sized portions, hors d’oeuvres, snacks, some appetizers and sauces. The 12.5″x7″ are also great for snacks, salads, appetizers, etc.
Are Eko Future tableware compostable?
Yes, our plates and cutlery are 100% compostable. They can be composted either in a home compost or in a commercial composting facility. If you don’t have home compost but have access to a garden or back yard, you can just break the plates up and bury them in the soil. Like every organic matter, the duration of decomposition depends on a few factors, such as the composting process used, humidity, heat, time of the year, etc. It may take from 6-8 weeks for the plates to break down completely. The waste left after that would add Nitrogen to the soil.
What is the cutlery made out of and is it compostable?
Our cutlery is made out of birch wood and is 100% compostable.
Is there any sort of coating added to the cutlery?
Eko Future cutlery is 100% natural and organic. Absolutely no coatings or chemicals of any kind are added.
Are the forks and knives strong enough for tough foods?
Yes! This cutlery is thicker and stronger than typical plastic alternatives.
Can you use the spoons to eat soup?
Yes, however, because the spoon is shallow it is best for foods such as oatmeal, porridges and desserts like ice cream, yogurt, and cake.
Can you reuse Eko Future cutlery?
This cutlery is intended for single use only.