I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve found a set of paper plates that I’d hate to throw away after just one use. Japanese designer Shinichiro Ogata designed for Wasara a complete set of disposable dinnerware, with organic shapes and a gorgeous creamy color.
As an added bonus, all of the products are easily biodegradable and made from eco-friendly materials, such as reed, bamboo, and sugar cane waste (rather than trees), so that you can clean up after dinner parties and soirees guilt-free. Its now available in the US through Branch, and you can get everything from plate sets to wine glasses there. From the Branch website:
WASARA is a line of single-use, biodegradable and compostable pieces designed to accentuate whatever foods they contain.
They’re suitable for cold or hot (though not boiling) beverages and foods. They’re oil- and water-resistant, which makes them great for displaying food- and non-food items.
WASARA products elevate disposable tableware to a whole new level. Offering the best in Japanese design, these pieces ﬁt comfortably in the hand, with an elegant texture and sturdy quality that are unparalleled in the category.
Sheer beauty is only half the story, though: WASARA is also an earth-conscious product. Made from tree-free renewable materials (sugar cane ﬁber, bamboo, and reed pulp), and fully biodegradable and compostable, WASARA is as good to the earth as it is to your culinary creations.
Every piece of the Wasara collection, from the coffee cups to the dinner plates, look beautifully sculptural yet simple. I’m not sure if I’d be willing to use these on dinner guests– I’d rather keep them for myself! [Via Fast Co. Design.]