According to Verterra, not all compostable dinnerware is made equal. Most compostable dishes on the market cannot be microwaved or put in the oven, and are made from food crops that could have been used to feed people and animals. These other options often use binders like glue to hold their form, and, what's more, they simply don't look good.
Enter Verterra compostable dishes. This dinnerware can be microwaved (for up to 2 minutes), baked (up to 350 degrees for 45 minutes), refrigerated, and frozen. There are no bioplastics, plastics, glues, or binders. Verterra dinnerware is made from fallen plantation leaves and can be reused several times until it naturally biodegrades in two months.
At the factory, the fallen leaves are sprayed with high-pressure water, steamed, UV sterilized, and shaped. Over 80% of the water used to make Verterra compostable dishes is recaptured. According to Verterra, the entire process uses only a fraction of the energy used in recycling. What an excellent usage of leaves that would have been otherwise burned!
Verterra Leaf Dishes
1. Sustainable Dinnerware - Verterra's compostable dishes demonstrate the trend of sustainable dinnerware options that can be used for various cooking methods.
2. Microwavable Compostable Dishes - The ability of Verterra's dinnerware to be safely heated in the microwave presents a disruptive innovation opportunity in the compostable dinnerware market.
3. No Glue or Binders - Verterra's use of fallen plantation leaves without the need for glues or binders highlights the trend towards natural and eco-friendly materials in the dinnerware industry.
1. Eco-friendly Products - Verterra's compostable dinnerware aligns with the growing demand for eco-friendly products among consumers and offers an opportunity for innovation in the industry.
2. Food Packaging - Verterra's sustainable dinnerware offers potential disruption in the food packaging industry by providing a more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional disposable dishes.
3. Sustainability and Recycling - The use of fallen leaves in Verterra's dinnerware manufacturing process taps into the trend of sustainability and recycling in the industry, creating a potential disruptive opportunity for other sustainable products.