Hello readers! Welcome back to Eco-Friendly and Frugal land. I know it's been a while since I've posted and I apologize for that but I have good reasons which I will explain soon. Right now, though, I want to tell you about this great new product I had the opportunity to review from Hefty(r).
I'm sure if you live in America you know about the Hefty(r) company. For years they've been the go-to company for waste bags, food storage bags, as well as disposable plates, bowls, and cutlery. Well they now have a line of disposable tableware known as Hefty(r) Basics. This line of paper plates are biodegradable in-home composting and free of inks, dyes or coatings!
So what does this mean to the eco-friendly family? Isn't it more eco-friendly to just use re-usable plates? Well, yes and no. For smaller gatherings, perhaps of close friends and family, I would say that using your reusable plates would be fine. But if you're like me, you only have a limited number of plates to begin with! I have 8 large plates and 8 small plates so when I have more than 8-10 guests I get limited on my options. It's either go disposable or be constantly doing dishes and wasting precious water resources. Instead, I now have an eco-friendly option I can turn to when hosting large parties or gatherings.
Two weeks ago I celebrated a wonderful day- THE SUPER BOWL! My team, the Packers, faced off against the Steelers for our first Super Bowl since I was in high school. I was beyond thrilled to spend the day watching the Big Game with friends and family- numbers totally above 30! So obviously using regular plates was out of the question so I turned to my supply of Hefty(r) Basics paper plates. I figured there's no better test to see how reliable a product is than a large gathering during the most important day in football!
Those hosting the party served macaroni salads, potato salads, sandwiches, beans, chips and dip, fruit and dip, veggies and dip, and yuuummmmmy cupcakes. All of these things will add a fair amount of moisture to the Hefty(r) Basics disposable plates which was my main concern. Could they hold up? Could they handle having food piled on them?
The answer is a resounding YES! I was focused on the game but from time to time would look away from the TV to see what was going on around me and everyone was enjoying full plates of delicious food. And not a single plate had a bending problem, no food wound up on the floor, and the plates held up very well under the toughest of tests!
So now that you know these plates are strong and can hold up to the Super Bowl Test, what makes them eco-friendly? It's simple, they are biodegradable and compost-able! I'm still living in an apartment without a composter so unfortunately the plates from that day were thrown out, but we just tossed them into the dumpster and not within a bag to help them break down faster. Now that I'm moving into a house that actually comes with a composter (I told you I had big news!) I can start using these plates for large parties and when we're done we'll just toss them into the composter and reduce the amount of waste associated with large gatherings! It's a win/win for everyone!
Interested in learning more about Hefty(r) Basics? Check out their Facebook page! Hefty(r) has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation(tm) on a quest to plant 10,000 trees, one for every ten new “Like”s on Facebook! So by liking them you will not only learn more about a great company, but help them plant trees to better our environment even more!
I have a coupon for a free set of Hefty(r) Basics Disposable Paper Plates to give away to one lucky reader! This is going to be another Easy Entry Giveaway since I'm going to have a crazy next couple of weeks.
Mandatory Entry: All you need to do to enter this giveaway is to comment on why you want to win! It's that simple. Don't forget to leave an email address so I have a way to contact you if you are the winner.
Extra Entries: For additional entries into the giveaway you can do the following...
+2 Entries if you like Hefty(r) on Facebook
+1 Entry if you follow my blog via Google Friend Connect (widget is to the right)
+1 Entry if you like me on Facebook (link is to the left)
+1 Entry if you follow me on Twitter (link is to the left)
This giveaway will end on March 4th. I will do my best to pick a winner on that date HOWEVER I am moving and getting internet in the new place has proved to be interesting and difficult so the winner may be announced later. But all entries must be in March 4th! Open to readers within the Continental US only!
I was provided with a free product for the purpose of this review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid to write this review.