The package arrived in the mail, and when I opened it, I found a lovely little packet, wrapped up in unbleached tissue paper and raffia ribbon. It was so simple, but that's what made it so pretty. What a great and eco-friendly way to wrap a present. I'll have to remember that the next time I have gifts to give :)
Lynn enclosed not one, not two, but three different products to try out, along with leaflets from each manufacturer, printed on recycled paper. It's great to see myEARTH360's commitment to green business practices.
The first of these products is the SKOY cloth, shown above. About the size of mousepad, and feeling like a piece of foam, at first I wasn't quite sure what to make of this thing. LOL! But Lynn's enclosed leaflet explained it all. SKOY is an "Earth Friendly Cloth", made from natural cotton, and wood-pulp cellulose. As the picture shows, just dampen the dry SKOY cloth under running water, wring it out with your hands, and voila! It's ready to go! It's 100% biodegradable, machine-washable, and is meant to replace sponges and paper towels. In fact, one SKOY cloth is supposed to do the job of 15 rolls of paper towels! I'm guilty of using a lot of paper towels (100% post-consumer recycled, but still... they are disposable, and headed to the landfill), as a house full of pets, a small child, and a mama who loves to cook can make for a lot of messes! As such, I've decicated this whole week to using this SKOY cloth in the kitchen, instead of reaching for my beloved paper towels. (Click here to be taken to our update on our kitchen adventures with SKOY, and enter to win one of three SKOY cloths for yourself!)
The next two products go hand-in-hand, literally. We have a set of sustainable, and biodegradable disposable dinnerware! Down here in the Florida Keys, palm trees are everywhere. They're a friendly reminder everywhere that we're living in paradise ;) However, like all trees, their leaves fall, and boy, do they ever drop leaves. It's not uncommon to see trash cans full of palm fronds lining the ends of the driveways of my street (and that's just a week's worth of fallen leaves!). Palm fronds are huge, and unfortunately due to their massive size, they are difficult to try to stuff in the compost bin, and the sheer quantity means we have to have them hauled away (even the hat and basket weavers can only do so much with them). At least one company is doing something about fallen palm fronds: Verterra!
In my package was the most amazing little plate, completely made of palm leaves. Verterra uses a special process involving nothing but steam, pressure, and heat to form fallen palm leaves into these unique biodegradable plates! These plates are amazingly sturdy, hold up to sunlight, heat, and liquids, and yet they are so lightweight. They're also much more attractive than your typical disposable plate. Unlike conventional disposables, there are no dyes, chemicals, bleaches, or plastics involved in the manufacturing (you wouldn't guess that, after seeing what a smooth finish and sheen these have). The leaflet even mentions that these are microwave-, oven-, and refrigerator-safe! Toss these in the compost bin after your party, and they will break down. I certainly can't say all that about Styrofoam ;) Check out myEARTH360 for a multitude of sizes (6"x6", 8"x8", and 10"x10") for your next get-together. We're going to send our sample 6"x6" plate with the little one to preschool, and ask her teacher microwave her lunch on our Verterra plate. With 80 children eating lunch everyday, these teachers have microwaved a lot of lunches. We'll see how the Verterra plate compares to regular unbleached paper plates.
Of course, if you're hosting a party where you need disposable plates, you'll probably need some disposable cutlery, too. myEARTH360 has a sustainable solution for that, too. Our package was completed by a set of Aspenware; another chemical-, bleach-, and dye-free product, that is totally biodegradable. Aspenware repurposes the scrap wood from logging aspen and birch, that would otherwise be left to rot, or burned away, and turns this wood into lovely pieces of cutlery. Aspenware is even Kosher! Our 3-piece set of Aspenware is very lightweight, yet sturdy. The pieces are just the right length, and are very smooth, rounded, and have a nice feel to them. The spoon, perhaps, could be better improved with a slightly deeper bowl (not great for soups, but still very usable). The knife is certainly my favorite, as it's perfectly angled for easy cutting. Like the Verterra plates, these are very attractive pieces, and would add a nice outdoorsy decorative touch. As with the Verterra palm plates, just toss these in your compost bin at the end of your party :)
Please be sure to check out the rest of the products at myEARTH360, for their full line of innovative, eco-friendly, sustainable, green products. And be sure to check back here again for updates on how our family did with these products.
No promotional consideration was paid for this post. SKOY, Verterra, and Aspenware images courtesy of myEARTH360.com.