VerTerra (New York City NY) is a manufacturer of disposable dinnerware. Plates, bowls, and cups are made from 100% renewable and compostable plant matter and water. According to the website,
We start by collecting fallen leaves from plantations without cutting down any trees. Normally, these leaves would be burned on the side of the road. Instead, they are brought to our factory, sprayed with high pressure water, steamed and UV sterilized. We recapture over 80% of the water we use. No chemicals, lacquers, glues, bonding agents or anything toxic are ever used. The entire process uses only a fraction of the energy used in recycling.
The products are durable, will naturally biodegrade in 2 months, and can be used in the microwave, oven, and refrigerator.
Items are made in South Asia by VerTerra’s own employees where employees receive fair wages in safe working conditions and are provided access to healthcare.
VerTerra was founded by Michael Dwork.