Supply your shindig with eco-friendly disposable plates from Restaurantware.com #Sponsors#dishes#eco-conscious#flatware April 22 2011 | Cat Rocketship This business paid a fee to be listed on Offbeat Home & Life because they feel their products and services are a great fit with offbeat philosophies… and we agree. Learn more about our ads. Doesn't it just hurt to buy disposable plates? The paper ones are flimsy and the plastic ones are PLASTIC, but sometimes flatware just won't work — a huge party! A big reunion at a park! Maybe some of you are planning a wedding, hmmmm? For a more sustainable option, sponsor RestaurantWare.com supplies eco-friendler bamboo tableware. The shop sells in bulk only, so you'll prep for a summer's worth of parties. OR! Go in with a group of friends and divvy up the order. The dishes are waterproof, biodegradable and they look niiiice. Check it: They're sturdier than paper plates, so your day-long patiofest guests can reuse their dishes instead of going through four packages of paper plates. RestaurantWare.com also has pieces for serving and display, like this bamboo canoe. The bamboo cones would be an easy addition to make a table setting pop — and they're great for finger foods. See? Pretty utensils and a variety of options — all biodegradable. Start planning your eco-friendlier party and pick out table wares at RestaurantWare.com. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Cat Rocketship I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things. PREVIOUS From birth to teens, we've got your books about recycling NEXT You oughta know it by now: Turtle Love Co. has eco-friendly rocks that rock Show/Hide comments [ 11 ] At the risk of sounding like a party-pooper on Earth Day, I'm a little baffled. Things don't generally biodegrade in garbage bags so are you supposed to compost them? 2 agree Reply If you have a compost bin, absolutely! I actually fact-checked this: people have tested bamboo party ware and it does do well in compost. 2 agree Reply It's also possible to get biodegrabable bin bags. Might take a bit longer for the stuff inside to get started but once the bag is breaking down they should decompose like normal. 2 agree Reply this is just…awesome. i wish i would have known about this for my wedding! hopefully soon i will buy them for a baby shower though! 😀 Reply WHOA! That bamboo canoe thing is rad. Reply $250 for 100 sets of cutlery? May be ecologically friendly, but not so much economically. 1 agrees Reply As with most ecology/nomy discussions, it comes down to a question of priorities. 2 agree Reply This was a big issue for me when I used to work at an organic/crunchy/earth friendly baby store – the clientele were all upscale white woman who felt very self righteous about their choice to buy a $28 dollar organic cotton onesie (which would only fit their kid for 3 months). I hate that buying ethical or eco-friendly is a privalage of the wealthy. "I don't know how anyone could *not* feed their family organic!" was a common refrain – and I wanted to scream, "here's how – some people can't afford it!" 10 agree Reply We're having a big urban farmer potluck next weekend and this was an issue we were dealing with. We don't want all the waste and we don't have enough real plates and silverware for everyone. Instead we decided to include in the invitation that everyone bring their own place settings. I've gotten nothing but positive feedback about it too. I think it's something we'll continue doing when we have parties. 1 agrees Reply I really like this idea, as well as the idea of stocking up place settings from Goodwill/second hand stores (which are inexpensive and can be re-donated or reused without much hassle). There are a *ton* of alternatives to using paper plates, it just takes creativity! 1 agrees Reply If you entertain regularly, you can buy a whole load of ceramic plates and reuse them! http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/at-on/how-owning-160-white-plates-has-us-saved-money-112657 I've also seen an article somewhere about someone who shared 100 plates with their mom, so they had 50 each and could pool them for massive parties. If I did this, i think I'd buy pasta bowls (or whatever those bowls with big flat bottoms are called) because then they're good for soup and dessert as well as main courses and more spill-friendly if you're eating on your lap. 2 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.