Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Be Earth Friendly in the Kitchen Long after Earth Day is Over

Make a simple Earth Day resolution that will last for years to come. Ditch using disposable plates and convert to eco-friendly Palm Leaf Dinnerware.

Just as handy as paper or plastic, plates made from naturally discarded palm tree sheaths are bio-degradable, meaning they can be thrown away or composted after use. These plates are ideal for entertaining because they’re attractive, environmentally friendly, and once guests leave, you can forget about doing dishes and compost the plates.

With a stylish, yet rustic look, the dinnerware is offered in several shapes and sizes. MarxFoods.com is the exclusive Web store for Palm Leaf dinnerware and will deliver throughout the U.S. Every piece is unique and the line includes bowls, plates, serving dishes and utensils. Each order contains 25 pieces, or picnic and dinner party themed setting combinations are also available.

Ideal for occasions ranging from backyard barbeques to formal affairs, Palm Leaf plates are easy, yet elegant enough for multi-course, sit down dinners. With Mother’s Day; Memorial Day; Father’s Day; summer grilling and wedding season right around the corner, there will be numerous opportunities to serve delicious food on Palm Leaf Dinnerware.

“I appreciate Earth Day and am grateful how much awareness develops as a result of the holiday, said Justin Marx, CEO of MarxFoods.com. “But the most impact comes from changes that can be implemented year ‘round. The plates are really cool and make for a great presentation—I first used them for my Earth Day party last year and they were a big hit!”

A green alternative that is sturdier and classier than paper plates, Palm Leaf plates are perfect for the person who wants the convenience of not having to do the dishes, but is environmentally conscious and wants exciting dinnerware. Each natural and renewable piece is leak proof and will withstand hot and cold temperature without getting soggy or flimsy.

“Palm Leaf plates are the best product for anyone who cares about being green, is stylish, or doesn’t like doing the dishes… or the epitome of all three,” said Katy Springer, General Manager of MarxFoods.com. “I’m planning on using the plates for my wedding this fall and am excited to not only have something that’s unique, but I think it will be a great conversation piece as well.”

The construction of Palm Leaf Dinnerware is a natural, renewable, and simple process:

Freshly fallen, naturally discarded sheaths of the leaves of the Adaka Palm tree are collected.
Each raw sheath is initially rinsed with water and then hand washed in a natural mixture of water and tumeric. The leaves are then rinsed a third time in pure water.
Once clean, the palm sheaths naturally air dry.
The leaves are then hand stretched and flattened. Various plate profiles, including round, square and hexagon-shaped dinner plates, are molded using a heated press.
One to three plates (or more, depending on size) can be created from each leaf. In order to maximize the surface area of each sheath, different dinnerware sizes or shapes may be cut from one leaf.
Once clean and cut, each plate is sun-dried and packaged in groups of 25.
MarxFoods.com, headquartered in Seattle, Wash. is an online specialty food company dedicated to bringing the highest quality epicurean products directly to the consumer’s doorstep. For a decade, it has been selling to white tablecloth restaurants nationwide. Items now available to consumers include a variety of truffles, truffle products, game meat, grass-fed beef & veal, sausage, game birds, seafood, sea vegetables, wild produce, oils, grains, seeds and filled pastas. To ensure freshness, most products are shipped via Federal Express overnight.

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, special requests are welcome by calling (866) 588-MARX. Restaurant or Foodservice customers please contact North American Import and Export at (888) 276-5955. Not sure what to buy the food lover in your life? Gift certificates are available.

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