16 December 2008

On VerTerra: Can Your Eco-Friendly Disposable Do This??

Sure you have probably heard of, or even used eco-friendly containers, such as those made from bio-plastic W a.k.a corn derivatives. But have you baked with them? VerTerra ,(which is Latin for "close to earth"), have these really nifty eco-friendly trays, and now bowls, that are really versatile.

Below if you click on the picture you can view a larger version of the eco-friendly disposables comparison chart . This chart compares VerTerra products against the more popular materials of earth friendly disposables: recycled paper , sugar cane, recycled plastic, bio-plastic corn, bamboo. The chart notes how product materials fair using these standards: price, oven safe, hot liquids, hot foods, compostable, sun resistance, renewable source.

Credit: VerTerra Brochure

Needless to say VerTerra 's product material wins hands down in functionality compared to the other eco-friendly materials . This line of eco-friendly disposables has so many great positives going for it, it is unbelievable. If you are looking for the ultimate in sustainable , well designed biodegradable plates, bowls and trays - then you can be rest assured VerTerra has something to offer you.

All of VerTerra's products in the line, are created from palm leaves that have naturally fallen of the palm. There is NO cutting of trees or other plants involved in the collection process. The next step is steaming the palm leavess - which , while still pliable, pressed into a mold ( the excess is trimmed) and the molds are heated , to set the palm materials and create each products shape. The final process is %100 percent natural - no binders, glues or chemicals are applied when creating VerTerra's products. This means there are no bleaches or waxes making the product line completely non-toxic.

Picture Credit: Theodore Samuels

VerTerra's Bowls come in two shapes:
"Classic" shown to the right, in a 7 inch size, and their newest addition to the VerTerra product line "Signature bowls", shown to the left - these will be available Dec. 22nd, 2008 ranging in sizes of 6x8 inches and 8x8 inches. The newest bowls are very sexy, and are obviously Classics' modern, stylish cousin.

Picture Credit: Theodore Samuels
VerTerra's plates are great too. There are many options.
From the Classic line, you can purchase 6 inch hexagon shaped plates, shown to the right. Or Classic 9 inch square plates.
The highlight of VerTerra's plate line is their newest addition "Signature Plates", shown to the left above, also debuting Dec. 22nd 2008. And like the "Signature Bowls", the Signature Plates have a streamlined, modern , low profile appeal. The Signature Plates range in sizes from 6 inches to 1o inches.

There will also be a nifty assortment of trays debuting in the Signature line on Dec. 22 2008. Available sizes of Signature Trays are: 7" x 8.5" , 10.5" x 12.5" ,12 inch Square Platters or the largest version in 14" x 16" Trays.

All VerTerra dinnerware is biodegradable and compostable after 2 months. As well as being able to accommodate hot liquids without the worry that the product will disintegrate .You can even bake in each piece at 350 F ° for up to 45 minutes, without any buckling or warping of the piece. This makes any of the VerTerra products perfect for home or on the go.

Picture Credit: Theodore Samuels

The bonus at home, is that you can reuse each piece up to 12 times - if hand washing with a mild eco-friendly detergent, such as Seventh Generation Dish Soap . However VerTerra dinnerware are NOT dishwasher safe.

Oven-safe, microwaveable and refrigerator friendly, VerTerra Dinnerware will bring a guilt free, versatile and stylish disposable experience right to your table.

Available in packages of 10 to bulk packs of up to 300 pieces , VerTerra dinnerware is a very easy and economical solution for both home users or culinary business professionals.

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1:20 PM, December 22, 2008 Reply  

Wow, thanks for such a thorough review! I consult for Verterra, and would be glad to answer any questions people might have. I'll track this article so I can follow up, whenever you ask.

The only things I can see at this point that wasn't mentioned is their tiny 4"x4" plates, that are good for food at busy events and as coasters, and that the product is UV sterilized. They were inspired by the Indian food vendors who've been doing this for ages. But nicely modernized and made stronger.

I've gotten samples of both the original and the new Signature line that it's replacing, and I have to say, putting my consumer hat on, that they improved it nicely. Nice edging on them, giving them a more refined look. And somehow stronger. I really liked the new bowls, both aesthetically and for their durability. I don't feel scared they're going to wither and spill.

So anyway, fire away with any questions people!

9:16 AM, December 30, 2008 Reply  

I love to cook for my family, and I would like to try using this product. The fact that it is environmentally friendly makes it interesting.

12:35 PM, December 04, 2009 Reply  

After a very long time i am getting to read a my kind of post. Made a link to your blog.

1:26 PM, January 03, 2010 Reply  

Oh wow. I've really been trying to make the transition to more green and eco-friendly products and practices this year. I love the way this product looks and what it stands for. Awesome!

12:17 AM, May 06, 2010 Reply  

Ecologically clean utensils it is my choice too! The best thing about it is that we do not toko nature reserve but also their health using such packaging.


I was sceptical about the idea of eco-friendly containers until I saw the images near the bottom of the post. In fact the bowls are quite attractive – the sort of thing I might buy.


11:26 AM, August 19, 2011 Reply  

I love to cook for my family, and I would like to try using this product.

10:44 PM, November 29, 2011 Reply  

It’s hard to find knowledgeable people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

7:50 AM, January 21, 2012 Reply  

I love these products! Would love to have those in our kitchen!!

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