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Love the Earth with Eco-Friendly Plates and Cutlery

A local company creates eco-friendly plates and cutlery that are not only biodegradable, but also attractive.

By Evan Greenberg

Jun 2018

Biodegradable plates and cutlery by Rustic Earthware
Photos by Fabella Studios
Biodegradable heart shaped bowl by Rustic Earthware
Photos by Fabella Studios
Biodegradable circle plate by Rustic Earthware
Photos by Fabella Studios
Biodegradable square plates by Rustic Earthware
Photos by Fabella Studios

Jamie Swenka and her husband, Adam, like to entertain. After using paper products at parties, they discovered an alternative in biodegradable leaf palmware and wedding cutlery. They decided to start Rustic Earthware and make the products themselves. “We like that it’s biodegradable, and we wanted to make things more lovely when we have people over,” Jamie Swenka says. Springfield-based Rustic Earthware has a website and Amazon listings. A 25-plate set, either bamboo- or palm leaf–based, ranges in price from $15 to $25. For more information on Rustic Earthware, visit rusticearthware.com.