Want to outdo your uber-environmental pal at that park picnic over the weekend? Laugh in the face of their tote bag weaved from hemp by Peruvian unicorns as you whip out… a set of tableware made from leaves.
Yep, just leaves and nothing else – the kind of plates and bowls that David Attenborough would approve of. The bright idea is the creation of Munich-based sustainable design company Leaf Republic. The green-in-every-sense products are 100 per cent leaf, with no plastics or chemicals used, and no trees cut down to create them – plus they’re fully biodegradable; chuck your plate on the floor after eating and it’ll go back to ol’ Mother Nature again in about 28 days. They’re also stitched together for maximum eco-points.
Leaf Republic have launched a Kickstarter, of course, to help fund automating and “scaling-up” the production process. If you’ve wavering about funding, just consider how perfect leaf plates will be for all the chia seed cookies and organic tzatziki at that picnic.
For more forward-thinking food storage innovations, check our list of (mostly) delicious edible packagings.