A German company invented a way to make paper plates without cutting down trees

August 30, 2017 11:56 am Last Updated: August 30, 2017 11:56 am

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Who knew tree leaves would be the perfect material for making disposable plates?

The designers at German company Leaf Republic have come up with an ingenious sustainable solution to our modern need for disposable dishes and to-go containers.

The plates are made entirely from tree leaves—which, if you think about it, are perfectly waterproof.

Each plate consists of a layer of paper made with leaves, sandwiched between pressed leaves stitched together with the fibers of palm leaves. It is completely compostable and biodegradable—within 28 days, according to the company.

The leaves are sourced from trees growing in the wild in Asia and South America, hence, no need to cut down any trees whatsoever. With minimal impact on the environment, the idea gained traction. Last year, the company successfully raised funds to jumpstart production via Kickstarter.

Leaf Republic has since branched out into making takeout containers in a variety of shapes as well. The container lids are made from recycled plastic. The products are currently available for purchase at its online shop and on Amazon.