FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Are the plates single-use/disposable?
We know it’s hard to believe that Bio Dining areca leaf plates are intended for single-use, but our line is actually fully biodegradable and compostable. Because we do not use any bonding agents, lacquers or chemicals and our product is natural and porous, we cannot legally recommend washing and reusing of our Plates. We can, however, tell you that our customers often write in that they hand wash the plates and enjoy them time and again.
- Are Bio Dining’s areca leaf plates truly green?
All Bio Dining Areca leaf plates are made from palm leaves that are naturally shed, home compostable, fully biodegradable and contain NO chemical or toxins. It’s a perfect example of the cradle to cradle concept. Try and experience it, so you can be the judge.
- Are Bio Dining Areca leaf plates completely non-toxic?
Yes, all of our products are completely non-toxic, because we use nothing but leaves and spring water.
- How are Bio Dining Areca leaf plates made?
The fallen palm leaves are collected and washed thoroughly. The leaves are placed in a heat press and stamped into shape. The plates are cut into the finished shape and size and trimmed.
- Can I dispose of the used food ware without causing any harm to the environment?
You can compost them either in home compost or in municipal composting facilities. If you don’t have home compost but have a garden/ back yard, you could just break the plates up and bury them. If none of these options are available to you, just dispose them with your regular garbage and the food ware – will naturally biodegrade in 6-8 weeks. This process uses 90% less energy than recycling. Disposable plates can be good source of organic manure. They can be used as good fertilizer and enhances plant growth. They can also be used as a good animal fodder.
- How strong are Bio Dining Areca leaf plates?
Our products are very strong and sturdy, so much that we can claim it’s the strongest disposable dinnerware available. This makes them highly convenient to eat from at events where they have to be held in the hand.
- Do I need to wash the products before use?
No. They have been sterilized and cleaned thoroughly, so please feel free to use them straight out of the packet.
- Can I use regular cutlery with Bio Dining Areca leaf plates?
Definitely. Our plates are lightweight yet strong enough to be used with a knife and fork without risk of punctures or leaks.
- Is it safe to put the plates in a microwave, oven, or freezer?
Yes, within reason. Bio Dining Areca leaf plates are significantly more durable than plastic or paper plates. It’s perfectly safe to heat our plates in the microwave for up to 2 minutes or in an oven up to 350 degrees for 45 minutes (making sure they are at least 6 from heat source). You can also store Bio Dining Areca leaf plates in the refrigerator or freezer.
- How does Bio Dining Areca leaf plates react to heat?
The product has excellent insulating properties and can take heat very well. You can comfortably hold your bowl or plate of hot food without cooking your hand!
- Do Bio Dining Areca leaf plates hold liquids?
Definitely. Our Areca leaf plates are superior and are all ideal for soups, curries or any other liquid foods you can cook up with an ease and comfort that other types of disposables can only dream of. And you won’t get that sogginess you might have experienced with other disposables.
- Will these affect the taste of my food?
No. Bio Dining Areca leaf plates won’t alter the taste of your food in any way. They also have no lacquers/glue on them, so there’s nothing to leach into your food-something that can happen with plastics or PLA plastics.
- Why does each of the plates/ bowls/ tray look different?
Each Bio Dining Areca leaf plates plate is unique because of the natural texture, color and pattern of the leaf it’s made from. We do not alter the leaves in anyway.