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Is Sal Leaf safe?
Yes, Sal leaf bowls and plates have been used for decades in India and Nepal during festivals. Today, many local restaurants in Southeast Asia use it as a substitute for plastic and paper products. During the production process, the leaves are sun dried for few days and heat pressed for extra level of sanitization.
Are leaf bowls & plates edible?
It’s surprising how often we get this question. We haven't figured out a way to make them edible so for now the answer is NO. Although, in Southeast Asia people feed it to cattle after use :).
How is it made?
The dark-green leaves are hand-picked from the lower branches of the tree including some freshly fallens from the ground. Then it’s hand stitched with bamboo stems, the stitched leaves are sun dried for a few days and are heat pressed into different shapes and sizes.
What is the best use?
MadeByLeaf is the most sustainable option to any single-use plastic or paper products. It's great for BBQ, camping, parties, picnics, catering, events, and other festivities.
Can it hold hot food and soups?
Yes, MadeByLeaf products are handcrafted with multiple layers of leaves making very sturdy and leak free.
Is it single use or reusable?
It's designed for one time use only but if used for dry foods like nuts and fruits it can be wiped with a clean cloth for reuse.
What are the environment impacts?
Our manufacturing process is quite simple. We only use dried leaves and stems. No chemicals used, no water wasted and no trees were harmed during production.
Why should I use MadeByLeaf products when there are other compostable options available?
A recent study done by The New Food Economy showed that so called "compostable" products available in the market today do not fully compost, not even in 500 years. Whereas MadeByLeaf is natural and organic and will biodegrade in 4-6 Weeks.