For the life of me I can't remember where I first read about VerTerra dinnerware. But I can tell you that within minutes of reading about how this line of dinnerware is made with fallen leaves, are 100% biodegradable AND microwave and oven-safe...I sent them an email explaining that I thought these were quite possibly the coolest plates around, and asking if they would be interested in having them review them on my blog.
To my surprise, they are a company that 'gets' it and they sent me a free sample pack and a retail pack to test and review! VerTerra has received a lot of press, but I'm so happy they see the value in what I do as a blogger.
VerTerra is Dinnerware from fallen leaves
Not only stylish (I served them yesterday at my neighborhood back-to-school brunch) but they are the guilt-free solution to single-use party plates. I may never buy another paper plate again! (And let's not even disucss the trauma I feel with plastic or styrofoam plates.)
Here are some positive points (Pros) about VerTerra dinnerware:
Made from fallen palm leaves using steam, pressure, and heat
No chemicals, bleach, dye or plastic
Microwave, oven and refrigerator safe
Durable, lightweight, sunlight, heat and liquid-friendly
Stylish, come in variety of sizes from dipping bowls to platters
Eco-friendly, 100% biodegradable and BPI-certified compostable
Here are some Cons I discovered:
The company told me they were oven safe up to 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes. I put two plates in a 375 degree oven (was heating up some egg casserole on one, and a brownie on the other) and after about 15 minutes we did start to notice a burning smell. There was no smoke and the plates did not change color or burn, but I believe on plate started to curve a little so I took them out.
Cost may be an issue. My sister-in-law said she purchased some VerTerra plates recently for a party and they were definitely more expensive than paper plates. Suffice it to say these may be a better option for a smaller, more intimate party? To be fair, I don't have exact pricing because it depends on the store, but I do know VerTerra sells to restaurants and catering businesses so one could get a discount on a larger quantity. (Suggested retail for 8-pack of 8-inch party plates is $5.99 for example.)
What my neighbors thought about VerTerra
Everyone saw the plates and the pamphlet sitting around and could not believe how sturdy the plates were. They loved the look and feel of the plates and everyone asked if they could be washed and used again because they were simply "too pretty to put in a compost bin after one use". The plates had no odor and did not affect the taste of any of the food we were eating. People loved the smaller plates and sizes as well as the bowls and tray. In all, they fact that you can put hot, wet stuff on them (lasagna, baked beans won't seep through or melt the plate) and heat things up on them in the microwave (tested and approved by me) and oven (maybe test again with lower temp oven) means we were left wanting more VerTerra!
For more information visit www.VerTerra.com.
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