Five qualities of Kijani Palm Leaf Plates

Often mistaken for bamboo plates due to their texture and sturdiness, palm leaf plates are a great alternative to paper, plastic or porcelain for entertainment purposes.

kijani palm leaf plates - 6 inch plate

To highlight this further, here are my top 5 qualities of palm leaf plates:

1. Palm leaf plates are 100% biodegradable

The naturally fallen palm leaves from which the plates are made from, originate in India from the Areca Palm Tree. Each palm tree will shed its sheath several times a year, from which between 1-3 plates can be made. As this is a 100% natural product, it means that the plates are 100% biodegradable and 100% compostable – how cool is that? You can simply toss them in the compost when finished and let them return to the earth.

kijani palm leaf plates - areca palm sheath

2. A real conversation starter

Every time I’ve used these at either an event, party or BBQ, my guests have commented on the unique, stylish and elegant look of the plates. Say goodbye to flimsy paper plates and hello to a real elegant alternative that will be sure to have your guests blown away. Even better, each plate is totally unique in look due to the natural origin of the product. I’ve seen these as the focal point of many weddings and other milestone occasions.

kijani palm leaf plates - flowers at a wedding

3. Sturdy and durable

The plates go through a rigorous cleaning and drying process prior to packing. This leads to a hardening of the leaf which in turn results in an extremely sturdy and durable final product. We’ve always been able to use the plates across a variety of food types. What’s great is that ability to hold food on the plates with one hand without the plate sagging like a paper plate would.

kijani palm leaf plates - paper plate comparison

4. Improve your carbon footprint

No trees are cut down to make the plates – much unlike bamboo plates which require the bamboo tree to be cut down and replanted. The Areca Palm Tree is therefore a super eco friendly solution compared to typical disposable dinnerware. Chemicals are never used at any stage of the manufacturing process so waste is minimised.

kijani palm leaf plates - wedding decoration plate

5. Microwave and oven safe

A final bonus for you – the plates can be put in both the microwave and oven which is great if you want to reheat from leftovers the day after your event. Depending on the food type – it is also possible to reuse the plates a couple of times over.

kijani palm leaf plates - stack of plates

I hope this gave you some inspiration to try Kijani’s Palm Leaf plates at your next event or gathering – they’ve never let me down.

Palm Oil vs Palm Leaf Products

This topic is a key discussion point among our customers. We are regularly asked if palm oil production is related to or the same as the process to produce palm leaf products – and if so, what on earth are we doing promoting them?

So let’s get this out the way – they are NOT the same thing

Palm leaf products are made from naturally fallen palm leaves of the Areca Tree, found in India. Trees are never cut down to make these products so you can be confident in the knowledge that you are not harming the environment when you buy them.

Contrastingly, palm oil production has decimated parts of the Far East, with huge swathes of deforestation destroying acres and acres of land.

So we thought it’d be a good idea to clear up some misunderstandings about palm leaf products and palm oil production so that when you’re showing off your new dinnerware to your friends, you’re armed with the right response!

India vs Malaysia & Indonesia

Palm oil is from a different type of palm tree to those used for manufacturing palm leaf products in India. The trees used for harvesting palm oil are instead generally found in parts of Indonesia and Malaysia.

The impact on the environment from palm oil production over the last decade has been colossal. In Borneo, they saw the largest one year increase in carbon emissions in 2,000 years, catapulting Indonesia to 4th in the list of sources of these emissions. Incredibly, more carbon was produced that year in Borneo than in the entire continent of Europe!

Ecosystems are majorly affected, with the population of Orangutans falling by over 80% since 1990 as a direct result of palm oil production.

Conversely, India is where the vast majority of palm leaf products are made and their production is in no way related to that of palm oil.

How do you know which products contain palm oil?

This can all get a little confusing sometimes, we understand that. So we thought it’d be useful for you to have a list of everyday products that probably contain palm oil, so here it is:

  1. Soap
  2. Instant Noodles
  3. Bread
  4. Shampoo
  5. Chips

Tips for avoiding buying products with palm oil in them

There’s a few ways you can avoid buying palm oil products. Here’s a few suggestions for you:

  1. Saturated fat content – if this is above 40% in the product you’re considering buying, it’ll almost definitely contain palm oil
  2. Pay attention to labels – if the word ‘palm’ appears in any of the ingredients, don’t buy it! Also,  Vegetable Oil is a common re-word of palm oil!
  3. Avoid snack foods – yes they’re tasty and yes they are terrible for the environment! 50% of pre-packed foods contain palm oil – 50%!

Hopefully you’ve learned something interesting in this post and are now more confident in the knowledge that palm leaf products and those that contain palm oil are two very different things.