Why Do Eco-Friendly Compostable Plates Hate Ethnic Food — but the Bowls Seem To Love It?

Silly things a chocolate hippie ponders

Photo by Haryo Setyadi on Unsplash

Recently my kitchen sink got sick (that’s a whole other story) and I couldn’t use my kitchen for a few days. I opted to buy eco-friendly disposable plates, bowls and cutlery — being that I can’t compost or recycle in my new apartment building.

While I must admit that compostable utensils have improved over the last couple years because they no longer melt in hot water or if hot food touches them. The plates are a different story. They’re still porous with soggy bottoms that disappoint every time I have a delicious dish and they really hate ethic foods:

  • Spaghetti leaves a stubborn, red sloppy stain
  • Grits and scrambled eggs were literally a hot mess and the plates try to hang on to my luscious, cheesy egg and warm grit goodness
  • It makes my noodles needy and parched as it steals all the savory sauce
  • Couscous, quinoa and rice were are steamy, weepy sights
  • Hearty stews, dairy or curry based dishes are a disaster
  • And you can forget about anything fried or fatty because these plates are natural blotters that seduce the oil out of anything — which isn’t bad until you put the plate down and you have an oil slick

This is so sad because they are very expensive no matter where I buy them — be it Wholefoods or Acme…Yet, their bowls are actually good. They don’t leak or seep with hot or cold cereal or soups, stews or sauces.

I’ve tried everything — with the plates and they’re just weak and wimpy. It’s so disappointing because I’m dedicated to being an eco-friendly, low waste home, but it isn’t cost efficient — so what’s a soul food inspired solution:

I eat all my ethnic meals in bowls, or double or triple the plates, smh, lol.

Just a funny observation as a green, Black woman trying to save my community and planet — one eco-friendly, zero waste choice at a time.

Thank you for reading.

Writer, Founder WEOC and Editor of Writers and Editors of Color Mag Bylines in Zora, Momentum, An Injustice!, POM, Illumination, The Pink, and Better Marketing

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