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Are compostable plates really compostable?

06-17-2022

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We are more and more aware that single-use plastic items are very dangerous for our planet but also for us. But what are our alternatives? Are compostable plates really compostable? Let’s find out!

First, let’s understand why it’s really important to say no to single-use plastic. You'll find the next facts quite shocking!

Single-use plastic key facts

[Fact sheet about single-use plastics from earthday.org]

  • Around 380 million metric tons of plastic are produced yearly.
  • 8.3 BILLION Metric Tons (9.1 BILLION US Tons) of plastic have been produced since plastic was introduced in the 1950s.
  • The amount of plastic produced in a year is roughly the same as the entire weight of humanity.
  • At least 14 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year.

The problem is that this HUGE amount of plastic that is being produced since 1950 sticks around and is not going anywhere. It is estimated that almost every piece of plastic that has been produced since plastic was introduced into our lives still exists in some shape or form to this day.

What happens to plastic waste?

Plastic waste ends up in landfills and in the ocean. But it’s not because we don’t see it that it doesn’t impact us. On the contrary. As plastic breaks down into tiny toxic particles, it creates microplastic pollution which is contaminating our soil, and waterways, killing wildlife, and polluting our food chain, and thus us, too!

This is why it is urgent we use better eco-friendly alternatives to disposable single-use plastic.

At SellSage, we understand that we cannot completely change our entire industry and lifestyle in a day. If the idea of saying no to disposable products sound ideal, in practice it is impossible. And by guilting us to do so, we are missing opportunities to start making a change today.

This is why we offer compostable disposable plates and dinnerware for these occasions when you simply need to choose disposable plates but you want to be mindful of your impact on the environment.

Disposable plates and bowls can also be sustainable

Today, there are tons of products claiming to be sustainable. And it’s important to understand to which degree these products really are what they claim: sustainable.

At SellSage, our plates are compostable and sustainable. Here's why and how!


Are compostable plates really compostable?

What is compostable dinnerware?

Compostable tableware is simply this - dinnerwear such as plates, bowls, and utensils that can be fully composted at home after use. This is important because it means that, contrary to plastic, they do not contribute to the rising levels of waste and landfills that are plaguing the planet. Instead, once being used and properly disposed of in your compost, they will break down and turn into healthy fertilizer!

100% natural products

Not all compostable products are made equal!

Our Plantry compostable dinnerware contains zero chemical traces and is made from 100% natural and organic products.

They are additionally USDA-certified 100% biobased product. A third-party certification you can recognize and trust!

It’s important to choose compostable products that are natural so they do not contaminate the soil once they decompose.


Our compostable plates are all USDA certified and available in different sizes in square or round shape. Click here to discover all our products.

Areca Palm Leaf Plates

SellSage’s plates, bowls, cutlery, and other dinnerware are 100% compostable because they are made of Areca palm leaves.

Areca palms are widely planted in Asian nations such as India. One of the essential raw products obtained from the areca palm is the areca nut leaf sheath.

At Sellsage we use naturally fallen leaves to make our products. The leaves are first collected on the ground and are then carefully sorted before being washed and mechanically pressed in a hot state. The product is finished with a final trim creating a stylish design that is sturdy and durable.

Since we use naturally fallen leaves, it means that no trees are cut or harmed in the process. This is why areca palm leaf plates are so sustainable. There is no demand for more resources from the planet, Sellsage simply uses what already exists.


How can you compost palm leaf plates?

After being used, you can place your plates and cutlery, as well as your food waste, directly in your home compost. Learn about the benefits of having a home compost here.

For compost to be healthy it’s important to have both green materials (such as food scraps) and brown materials - our compostable dinnerware makes great brown materials bringing a healthy balance to your compost!

Let your compost do its magic. All your compostable waste will break down over time, leaving no waste behind, instead it will turn into fertilizer that you can use in your yard.

Composting at-home versus industrial composting

Our palm leaf plates are compostable directly at-home.

This is a huge benefit. It means that it does not need to be sent to an industrial compost facility to help it break down.


Check out how our compostable plates are doing in @universeofgood compost!


Our compostable Dinnerware is not only the most sustainable disposable dinnerware option out there…

Our palm leaf plates and bowls are also studier, leak-proof (great for soups!), handle both hot and cold food, and are a lot more elegant thanks to their natural look.

It’s your perfect eco alternative to plastic dinnerware. You can now still host your next birthday party, baby shower, family dinner, Thanksgiving, picnic, or any other event guilt-free!

Less waste more fun!


Shop our SellSage Plantry Dinnerware Now and bring your next dinner party to the next eco-friendly level!

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