A few weeks ago, we had a birthday playdate with Big B and a few of his friends. It was a simple picnic at the park. For convenience sake, I brought disposables with me. Most of the time, I’m all for reusables. However, I was given the opportunity to try out a new brand of compostable tableware and I just couldn’t resist.
I received the entire line of Repurpose® compostable tableware for review.
Repurpose® compostable tableware
- Dinner plates
- Small plates
- Cold cups
- Hot beverage cups
The small plates are six inches in diameter. It’s a good enough size for appetizers, like organic tortilla chips and homemade spinach and artichoke dip, and desserts. The Repurpose® cups have a volume capacity of 12 ounces. One thing to note about plant-based cups is that they can potentially melt at high temperatures. I learned that the hard way when a handful of compostable cups (a different brand) got left under the sun on a hot summer day and they started to melt and collapse into each other. From then on, I kept my compostable cups as cool as possible at picnics.
The plate is nine inches in diameter. I usually prefer dinner plates of this size as anything smaller just feels cramped and anything bigger seems to foster food waste.
I took this picture just so you could see how deep the bowl is. It really can hold plenty.
I have to mention that the Repurpose® utensils are by far the sturdiest plant-based utensils I’ve used so far. They do feel more like plastic utensils than other compostables I’ve used in the past. Other brands of plant-based forks and spoons tend to snap easily with some pressure. I tested both a Repurpose® spoon and fork and another brand for strength; the other brand snapped and these did not.
- Plant-based raw materials
- Free of BPA, chlorine, and petroleum
- Uses less fossil resources to make
- Compostable, 90 days in industrial composter
- Soy-based inks
Overall, the products functioned well. The construction of the plates, bowls, and small plates held up to dry cold foods. I have not used them with wet hot foods, so I can’t provide an opinion. Based on my experience with them, they were durable and sturdy. The cold cups worked great as well. Of course, my favorite from the entire line are the utensils. They were that good. If you are looking for ways to go green during picnics, using sustainable and compostable products is a good start.
You can find Repurpose® tableware in brick and mortar grocers or on Amazon. The price point for each individual product is comparable enough to its conventional counterpart. A 20 pack of the nine inch plate is $3.79; a pretty competitive price for green products.
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.