We're excited to introduce a new way to help you save time when you're entertaining. We all know what a pain it is to wash dishes after a big get-together, but when you're striving to have a paperless kitchen, that can seem like the only option. After all, you don't want to resort to using paper plates or wasteful plastic.
Today, we are announcing that we've manufactured a new line of fantastic, beautiful and most importantly, eco-friendly disposable dinnerware called Frondware! Frondware gives you a green alternative to disposable paper plates and plastic plates. The dinnerware is made out of palm leaves that are collected once they have fallen off the tree. The leaves are dried in the sun and sterilized and then formed into the shape of dinnerware. No chemicals or dyes are added. As a result, the disposable plates are USDA certified as bio-based and are completely compostable.
Not only is Frondware convenient, but it's also incredibly elegant. Each plates has a unique patterns because of the individual markings of each palm leaf that is shaped into a plate. Serving food on Frondware plates gives your dinner table a rustic chic look that is very trendy and sure to impress your holiday guests. The dinnerware is heat-safe and can even be put in the microwave. The Frondware line of disposable plates is a sturdy, beautiful and environmentally friendly choice for any event or party.
The Frondware 9" Square Plates are the perfect compostable plates for serving catered lunches or for entrees at a buffet. They are big enough for main courses or also multiple sides. They come in packs of 25 and 200 plates.
The Frondware 7" Square Plates are beautiful appetizer and salad plates for your event or party. They work well too for finger foods and snacks at parties, buffets or catered events. They come in packs of 25 and 200 plates.
The Frondware 5" Square Plates are beautiful, compostable small plates that will certainly be the conversation piece at your party. They work well with hor d'oeuvres, finger foods and small desserts (like a slice of cake). They come in packs of 25 and 200 plates.
What do you think of Frondware plates? Have you tried them yet? Tell us your opinions in the “Comments” section.
As a green mom or dad, you know how hard it can be to find eco-friendly products to use at mealtime. So many of the options out there are made out of plastics that contain BPA and other chemical additives that you don't want to expose your kids to. That's why we're happy to introduce some new products from Bamboo Studio that can make every meal more fun while helping you stick to your eco conscious principles.
The new products include:
- Reusable Tumbler Cups. If your little one is ready to make the leap to a non-sippy cup, Bamboo Studio has you covered. Their tumblers are ergonomically designed to be easy for little hands to grip, and they're made entirely out of biodegradable bamboo. Each pack contains four dishwasher-safe cups.
- Reusable Utensil Sets. With ergonomic forks and spoons, Bamboo Studio utensil sets help kids eat independently. Featuring colorful graphics, the utensils are free of sharp points and are crafted out of biodegradable bamboo. The sets include one fork and one spoon and are dishwasher safe.
- Reusable Trays. Perfect for carrying dinnerware to the table and for serving finger foods, Bamboo Studio trays are sturdy, simple to lift and made from sustainable bamboo. You get four in every pack, and they're dishwasher safe.
- Reusable Placemats. Keep the high chair neat and tidy with adorable Bamboo Studio place mats. These large place mats are made out of plastic, but Bamboo Studio does not use harmful additives in their products. After dinner, it's easy to wipe them clean.
- Silicone Bibs. Fashioned out of FDA-approved silicone rubber, Bamboo Studio bibs keep clothing dry and have a pocket for catching small items. They come in small and large sizes and are dishwasher safe for easy clean-up.
Check out the entire Bamboo Studio collection today! Leave a message in the “Comments” section to tell us what you think of the products.
Secret Santa exchanges are becoming more and more popular in offices and households, and if you're involved in one this year, you can use it as an opportunity to introduce coworkers, friends or family members to green products. The following eco conscious gifts all cost less than $25 and will make you a Secret Santa superstar.
Available in exotic scents, these 8-ounce jar candles burn for up to 40 hours. Unlike traditional candles that are often made with toxic additives or non-renewable ingredients, Aloha Bay candles are fashioned out of eco-friendly palm wax and have nontoxic double cotton wicks.
Help your Secret Santa de-stress after a long day with this eco-friendly face mask. You can warm it in the microwave or chill it in the freezer for temperature therapy. It's great for soothing sinus pain and alleviating dark circles and under eye puffiness.3. Fit and Fresh Salad Shaker
When lunchtime arrives, your Secret Santa will think of you fondly when you give them this nontoxic plastic salad container. It allows you to store your dressing in one compartment and the salad in another. When it comes time to eat, you twist a knob and then just shake everything up.
Help your Secret Santa pamper themselves with these hand-made knit gloves. Ideal for at-home massage, the gloves help to stimulate circulation while sloughing off dead tissue to leave skin smoother from head to toe. They’re made from 100 percent organic cotton, so they’re as good for the planet as they are for the body.
For the Secret Santa that loves to cook, the Easy Greasy colander makes draining off fat a quicker and easier task. Constructed out of nontoxic materials, the colander is heat-resistant and large enough to hold up to 3 pounds of meat.
Which of these Secret Santa gift ideas would you like to get? Tell us in the “Comments” section.
The holidays will be here before you know it, so it's time to start picking out gifts for the little ones on your shopping list. You can make the holiday season greener with one of these green gift ideas, all of which cost $25 or less.
Get your little one up and moving, having active fun with this jump rope made out of recycled milk jugs. It's length adjustable for kids of all ages and comes in three colors.
Fashioned out of recycled milk jugs, this nontoxic stacking toy helps kids build problem-solving skills and fine motor control all while having fun.
Bring frosty fun to mealtime with this set that includes a plate, bowl, cup and silverware all made out of unbreakable, biodegradable bamboo.
Inspire hours of creative play with this set of play food made out of recycled milk jugs. It's completely nontoxic, so while it's not edible, you don't have to worry if your little one decides to take a taste.
Ready to tear up the tracks and win the race, this toy car is perfectly sized for little hands and made from recycled milk jugs. It comes in three different colors for boys and girls.
Designed to give kids relief from those first teeth, this completely nontoxic teether toy features five different chewing surfaces and is a great gift for baby's first Christmas.
Which green stocking stuffer do you like the best? Tell us in the "Comments" section.
Tired of trying to fight with your kiddo about eating the green things on his or her dinner plate? Sometimes all it takes to ensure merry mealtimes is the right set of dishes. Bamboo Studio has the perfect green solution for making every meal of the day more fun--their imaginative five-piece dinnerware sets.
Brand new to Paperless Kitchen, Bamboo Studio kids' dinnerware sets include a divided plate, bowl, handled mug, fork and spoon. Each set has a fun theme that is carried through each piece with colorful designs. Our collection includes:
Visit the Paperless Kitchen blog to learn about the new kids' dinnerware sets from Bamboo Studio. They're made from bamboo and are 100% biodegradable.
All of the Bamboo Studio dinnerware sets are unbreakable like plastic, but they are made out of organic, sustainable bamboo. They're completely reusable and dishwasher safe. When your little one is ready to eat off your everyday dinnerware, you can throw the sets away without feeling guilty because they're 100 percent biodegradable.
Check out the Bamboo Studio dinnerware collection now and tell us which set is your favorite in the “Comments” section.
I try to recycle as much as I can, but it can be difficult. The list of things that they'll pick up at the curb in my area is pretty short, so I end up with a lot of stuff that I know could be recycled but that I'm stuck throwing away. I know that with some research I could probably find places to drop my doomed-to-be-unrecycled recyclables but I'll admit it--with my busy schedule, it's hard to find the time.
That's why I got excited when I learned about the app from 1800Recycling.com. It says that it can help you find places to recycle nine different types of items right from your mobile device.
But does it work? I decided to put it to the test for an app review.
What Is the 1800Recycling.Com App?
The 1800Recycling.com app is a mobile app available for the iPhone version 5s and later and Android devices with Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean versions. It uses the GPS locator on your phone to find the nearest recycling locations for items.
When you turn it on, you see a map with your location glowing. At the top is a search bar where you can type whatever you want to recycle. In seconds, it displays the places on the map. You can touch one of the flags to get a list of the items that are accepted and not accepted, their address, phone number and hours.
Pros of 1800Recycling.Com App
- Comprehensiveness. With more than 145,000 locations in the database, you can find recycling centers and drop-off places in most geographic areas. The nine items covered-- Electronics, Plastic, Metal, Paper, Glass, Household, Hazardous, Automobile and Yard Waste--are the most common things that people need to recycle.
- Simplicity. The interface is very simple and easy to use, but it's still attractive and intuitively designed.
- Completely Free and Ad Free. You don't pay a penny for the app. No ads or pop-ups display when you're using the app, so you don't feel like you're being marketed to the entire time you're using it.
Cons of 1800Recycling.Com App
- Issues Acquiring It. While I was able to download the app right to my device on my iPhone by searching the app store, I could not get it to download right from the website clicking the link. I don't have an Android phone, but when I clicked the link there in my web browser I received an error message. As a result, I can't give you a link to download it to your device.
- Concerns About Timeliness. I called one of the providers that showed up on my list and they told me they were no longer taking some of the items. I'm not sure how often they update the app or where they got all of their information.
The Final Takeaway
Provided you can manage to get it to download to your mobile device, the 1800Recyling.com app is handy. After two phone calls I was able to find places to accept the stuff I frequently throw away that I'd rather recycle, and there were tons of locations near me to choose from.
If you do use the app, be sure you call the recycling center before you lug your stuff there, though. You don't want to end up having made the trip for nothing due to outdated or inaccurate information. Have you used this app before?
Tell us what you think in the Comments section.
There has been a lot of good green news about plastics this month, but no story is bigger than the one out of France. In mid-September, the country passed a ground breaking law that if replicated around the world could make a huge impact on the planet's plastic problem.
The new law completely bans plastic dishes, cups and utensils. As of 2020, these items will no longer be allowed to be sold in France. Instead, people who wish to use disposable plates and silverware will need to opt for biodegradable options like the ones in our Leafware and Eco Products collections here at Paperless Kitchen.
It's an encouraging step for those of us who are seriously concerned about the ever-growing amount of plastic ending up in the ocean and in landfills, but the act is causing some controversy. Plastics manufacturers have already made a formal protest to the European Union, saying that it violates commerce rules. Whether or not the EU will see it the same way isn't clear; however, similar concerns were raised when France banned plastic single use bags and that law was allowed to remain in place.
So could the United States successfully pass such a law? It seems doubtful at the present time. Hawaii is the only state to have a ban on single use plastic bags. Thus far, the work toward addressing the plastic problem has been done at the local level with bag bans in cities like New York. The plastics lobby is powerful in the U.S., and it would take a lot of courage for lawmakers to move against them and ban bags or disposable dinnerware at the federal level.
That doesn't mean that we shouldn't let our lawmakers know how we feel, though! Send your state and U.S. Senators and representatives links to this blog post and let them know you want to see a similar ban here.
The impact of plastic waste is something that we talk about a lot on our blog, and it continues to be an issue that environmental groups are concerned about. It's easy to understand why as researchers now warn that if major changes aren't made, the amount of plastic in the ocean will outnumber fish by the year 2050.
In order to have a serious impact on the problem, cooperation is needed around the world. So far, organizations that are seeking to spread awareness and fight plastic pollution have been doing so independently in various corners of the globe, but now that's changed.
On September 15, 2016, 90 environmental NGOs issued a co-signed press release announcing a cooperative campaign called #BreakFreeFromPlastic. Guided by 10 agreed-upon principles, the movement seeks to accomplish three goals.
First, they hope to use the tremendous size of their coalition to effectively lobby governments around the world to pass regulations and laws to address the plastic problem. Secondly, the coalition hopes to use their strong voice to encourage companies to investigate greener solutions that would reduce the amount of plastic waste ending up in our environment. Lastly, the group hopes to support community-based efforts to address the plastic problem taking place around the world.
Want go get involved with the #BreakFreeFromPlastic campaign? You can sign up to show your support as an individual or a representative of a group in your local area and tweet using the hashtag to participate. The campaign's official website has more information. Tell us in the Comments section if you're joining the movement
While we can take steps to reduce our use of plastics at home by using sustainable reusable products and green disposables, some types of plastic just aren't avoidable. Many of the healthy foods that we purchase in stores come in plastic packaging, and much of it cannot be recycled.
With the plastic problem continuing to plague our planet, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is exploring a new way to reduce the amount of plastic waste produced by food. The government is currently working on a packaging that is made out of a nutritious, protein-rich bio-film that would take the place of plastic packs on cheese, lunch meat and similar foods.
Not only would the proposed new material reduce the eco impact of processed foods, but it would also help to reduce food waste. Made from casein protein isolated from milk, the bio-film currently in the works has the ability to provide more protection from oxygen than plastic, blocking up to 250 times more. As a result, food would spoil more slowly. Manufacturers could use fewer preservatives, and we would throw away less food.
While we are still a ways away from being able to eat the packaging that our food comes in, the project is exciting. The researchers hope that once the bio-film is perfected, they'll be able to make thicker versions for coffee packets and hot soups. There is also hope that the technology will lead to the development of natural preservatives and additives that could be used to enhance the consistency and lifespan of foods like cereal and granola bars without the need for added chemicals.
There is no word yet about when the first edible packaging might be complete. We'll keep you posted. In the meantime, we want to know what you think--would you buy food in edible packaging?
Want your kiddo to devour those healthy veggies, not just the chicken nuggets on the plate? Sometimes, all it takes is a fun plate to encourage little ones to eat every morsel of food. Our four new Bamboo Studio Kids dinnerware sets reward little ones for clearing their plates with colorful graphics.
Each set includes a cup, a bowl, a spook, a fork and either a sectioned plate or a traditional dinner plate. There are four new styles to choose from:
It's the perfect way to make mealtime fun! This set has a purple color scheme with a festive Halloween theme that includes black cats, witches, pumpkins and a bat. As a fun finishing touch, the bowl has kitty ears.
Your toddler will find this set beautiful! Orange just like pumpkins, this Halloween themed set includes friendly ghosts, creepy spiders, jack-o-lanterns and a wolf howling at the moon.
Every meal will be berry sweet with this bright red dinnerware set. The bowl and plate are shaped like strawberries, as are the handles on the silverware.
4. Crazy Carrot
Your child might look at carrots in a whole new way after seeing these fun, vibrant orange pieces. Carrot shapes abound in the collection with the plate, bowl and silverware featuring them.
Not only are these dinnerware sets plenty of fun, but they're also very friendly to the planet. Each piece is made from renewable bamboo, and it's FDA approved as food safe. You get the unbreakable quality of plastics without any of the toxins with these sets. When your little one outgrows them, you can toss them out without any guilt, as they're biodegradable.