Hampi The Premium Palm plate is based on a simple but brilliant idea: use naturally shed palm leaves to create a whole range of natural design tableware. Hampi The Premium Palm plates are produced by heat pressing leaves of the areca palm tree. 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.
Since 2008 many catering companies, summer festivals and restaurants have been using the palm plates and without fail their guests were very enthusiastic!
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.
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
From Waste to Design Plates in Ten Steps
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