The Hampi state of mind
Hampi’s natural palmleaf plates are based on a simple but brilliant idea: use naturally shed leaves to create a whole range of natural design tableware. Hampi plates are produced by heat pressing leaves of a special kind of tree grown in tropical countries. The process uses no chemicals or waxes. It’s 100% natural.
The technique has been developed in the south of India, where recycling is a natural way of life. But being smart about using natural resources and making the most of what nature has to offer is a good strategy for people anywhere in the world. Why? Because nature doesn’t clean up after you. We have to take care of our stuff ourselves. So let’s challenge our disposable lifestyle and change it into a light, lean and ingenious way of enjoying life. This is what we mean with a Hampi state of mind: have fun and enjoy yourself, while also keep in mind what you leave behind.
Our natural leaf plates are a perfect example of this philosophy. After use you can throw them away without worry (but make sure it’s either in a bin or a compost heap!) They come from nature and return to it.
Since we started in 2008 we have created jobs in rural areas where the standard of living is still very low. By using formerly waste material as a resource, we have created value that has an immediate benefit for the local economy. And by working with production units run by micro-entrepreneurs, we are enabling people to generate their own income, and to build their capacities.
These are perhaps small steps, but every long journey must begin somewhere. And we’re picking up pace as we go along. If you want more information on our social impact and fair-trade practices, you can always contact us.
From Waste to Design Plates in Ten Steps
Hampi’s natural palm leaf plates are made from naturally shed leaves of a tropical palm tree. The technique has been used for several decades in India. Together with award winning designer Studio Smeets (Amsterdam) we created the beautiful ‘Raaga’ tableware collection and improved production to reflect international quality and hygiene standards
1. Around seven times a year the Areca Palm tree sheds one of its leaves
2. The shed leaves are collected from the ground by local people
3. Only the wooden part of the leaf is used. The green part is left on the ground as nutrition for the soil
4. The collected leaves are dried in the sun for a couple of days
5. The leaves, now dry, are being transported to our production facilities
6. Next, the leaves are thoroughly washed, rinsed, cleaned and cut to size for production
7. The leaves are heat pressed and cut into shape by hydraulic or manually operated machines
8. The finished plates are brushed and cleaned
9. Every palm plate has to pass 10 different quality tests
10. The approved plates are packed and ready for transport
Jeeva means “living” or “existing” in Sanskrit
Raaga means “colour” or “mood” in Sanskrit