EARTHENS is a brand owned by EARTHENS Pty. Ltd.

Australians trash an estimated trillion disposable plates and utensils every year. This fact has driven new, eco-friendlier options on the marketplace. How do they compare to EARTHENS?

Join us in making a difference and experience the beauty of simplicity.

Convenience is not an excuse to waste materials and increase trash that is harmful to the environment. The idea of “disposable” is not sustainable. Please carry your own Areca Leaf Plates to dormitory events as well as events that you organize with your friends. Please also keep a set of Earthens plates in your home and office for campus events.

1. EARTHENS vs. Recycled Paper

EARTHENS BIOPLATES RECYCLED PAPER
BIODEGRADABLE Naturally biodegrades in fewer than 2 months after disposal. Does not biodegrade, due to the wax laminates. The products also CANNOT be recycled again as
they are mixed media, and go to a landfill after use.
COMPOSTABLE BPI-certified 100% compostable. Will break down within 60 days and acts as a fertilizer for better plant growth. Does not compost. After use the products go to a landfill.
RENEWABLE SOURCE Made only of fallen palm leaves that are gathered, cleaned, and pressed. Made of recycled waste stream paper, chemically cleaned, then reformed to pulp for
re-processing.
HOT FOODS No heat transference. Maintains shape. Products will transfer heat, but will maintain shape.
HOT LIQUIDS No heat transference. Maintains shape. Products will transfer heat. Some maintain shape, others do not.
SUN RESISTANCE The sun has no affect on Earthens Bioplates. ; The sun has no affect on recycled paper.
MICROWAVABLE Can be used to reheat foods in
the microwave on High up to 2
minutes.
Often can be used in the microwave.
OVEN SAFE Can be used to cook food in the oven up to 350 degrees, for up to 45 minutes.; Cannot be used in the oven.

 

2. EARTHENS vs. Recycled Plastic

EARTHENS BIOPLATES RECYCLED PLASTIC
BIODEGRADABLE Naturally biodegrades in fewer than 2 months after disposal. Plastic is a permanent material that is reformed through recycling for reuse. It does not biodegrade.
COMPOSTABLE BPI-certified 100% compostable. Will break down within 60 days and acts as a fertilizer for better plant growth. Plastic is a permanent material that is reformed through recycling for reuse. It does not compost.
RENEWABLE SOURCE Made only of fallen palm leaves that are gathered, cleaned, and pressed. Usually petroleum-based and not considered a renewable material.
HOT FOODS No heat transference. Maintains shape. No functional problems, but questions exist about BPA and other chemicals leaching.
HOT LIQUIDS No heat transference. Maintains shape. No functional problems, but questions exist about BPA and other chemicals leaching.
SUN RESISTANCE The sun has no affect on Earthens Bioplates. ; The sun has no affect on recycled plastic.
MICROWAVABLE Can be used to reheat foods in
the microwave on High up to 2
minutes.
Some are fine for microwave use, others are not, but questions exist about BPA and other chemicals leaching.
OVEN SAFE Can be used to cook food in the oven up to 350 degrees, for up to 45 minutes.; Cannot be used in the oven; the plastic will melt.

 

3. EARTHENS vs. Bio Plastic Corn

EARTHENS BIOPLATES BIO PLASTIC CORN
BIODEGRADABLE Naturally biodegrades in fewer than 2 months after disposal. Will not degrade in a natural environment.
COMPOSTABLE BPI-certified 100% compostable. Will break down within 60 days and acts as a fertilizer for better plant growth. Reported to compost in an industrial composter in 90 days; however, many facilities report the product does not compost.
RENEWABLE SOURCE Made only of fallen palm leaves that are gathered, cleaned, and pressed. Corn is a renewable source. NOTE: it is GMO corn used for this product.
HOT FOODS No heat transference. Maintains shape. The products tend to soften and can melt.
HOT LIQUIDS No heat transference. Maintains shape. The products tend to soften and can melt; however there are some that have additive chemicals to allow for heat.
SUN RESISTANCE The sun has no affect on Earthens Bioplates. ; Cannot be left in the sun, as the products can melt.
MICROWAVABLE Can be used to reheat foods in
the microwave on High up to 2
minutes.
Cannot be used in the microwave as the product will soften or melt.
OVEN SAFE Can be used to cook food in the oven up to 350 degrees, for up to 45 minutes.; Cannot be used in the oven, as the products will melt.

 

4. EARTHENS vs. Sugarcane/Bagasse

EARTHENS BIOPLATES SUGARCANE/BAGASSE
BIODEGRADABLE Naturally biodegrades in fewer than 2 months after disposal. Biodegrades in 100 – 200 days after disposal.
COMPOSTABLE BPI-certified 100% compostable. Will break down within 60 days and acts as a fertilizer for better plant growth. These products are not compostable.
RENEWABLE SOURCE Made only of fallen palm leaves that are gathered, cleaned, and pressed. Made from sugar cane waste, with glues or bonding agents.
HOT FOODS No heat transference. Maintains shape. Transfers heat, but maintains shape.
HOT LIQUIDS No heat transference. Maintains shape. Often the product softens and may deform.
SUN RESISTANCE The sun has no affect on Earthens Bioplates. ; The sun has no affect on Bagasse.
MICROWAVABLE Can be used to reheat foods in
the microwave on High up to 2
minutes.
Some can be used in the microwave, others can not.
OVEN SAFE Can be used to cook food in the oven up to 350 degrees, for up to 45 minutes.; Cannot be used in ovens.

 

5. EARTHENS vs. Bio Bamboo

EARTHENS BIOPLATES BIO BAMBOO
BIODEGRADABLE Naturally biodegrades in fewer than 2 months after disposal. Biodegrades in 4-6 months after disposal.
COMPOSTABLE BPI-certified 100% compostable. Will break down within 60 days and acts as a fertilizer for better plant growth. Bamboo is not compostable, so it ends up in landfill after use.
RENEWABLE SOURCE Made only of fallen palm leaves that are gathered, cleaned, and pressed. Made from bamboo plants that are cut down for the purpose of making plates.
HOT FOODS No heat transference. Maintains shape. Have been reported to deform the product and melt the laminate.
HOT LIQUIDS No heat transference. Maintains shape. The sun has no affect on bamboo.
SUN RESISTANCE The sun has no affect on Earthens Bioplates. ; Cannot be left in the sun, as the products can melt.
MICROWAVABLE Can be used to reheat foods in
the microwave on High up to 2
minutes.
Not safe for microwave use. The laminate could dissolve into the food.
OVEN SAFE Can be used to cook food in the oven up to 350 degrees, for up to 45 minutes.; Not oven safe.