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  1. Palm Leaf Plates – the natural choice for your summer barbeque or picnic.

    We're very excited to launch this range of eco-friendly plates and bowls on our website and hope to be widening the range over the coming months.  Made from nothing but fallen palm leaves and water, they are non-toxic, biodegradable, compostable, durable, lightweight, convenient and stylish. In the whole manufacuring process no trees are felled and no chemicals, resins, gums, lacquers or stabilisers are used. It’s just an eco-friendly, inspired use of a natural waste material!

    How they are made:

    • Every palm tree naturally sheds 6 to 7 leaves a year. These extremely strong leaves are pressure washed and then soaked in purified water.
    • They are heated to 180C, which sterilises the plates.
    • A hydraulic press creates the different shapes.
    • The edges are trimmed and compressed air removes dust particles.
    • Finally the plates undergo UV sterilisation to guarantee hygiene.

    A great alternative to paper or plastic plates and they can even be used in the microwave! When you've finished with them, just throw them on the compost heap.

     palm leaf heart shaped dishpalm leaf large plate

  2. Well we are just back from another trip to Wales where we took the opportunity to collect some more driftwood.

    It's amazing what you can find while scouring the beaches of Pembrokeshire - we've found a beacon sent out by an Arts Centre in the Irish Republic, one of hundreds released during a festival. We've also found half a dead cow (no pictures of this!). On the whole though it tends to be a really nice activity in itself and on our last visit we came across a couple of guys who had created a compass style map of GB about the size of half a football pitch, out of brooms. Really was amazing.

    We tend to look for two different thicknesses of driftwood. A smaller size to be about as big as your finger which we use to go around picture frames and mirrors and which we also use to make dangles. We also look for larger or chunkier driftwood pieces, perhaps with a bit more character, which we generally tend to make into tealight or candle holders. We always look for clean driftwood with the smaller pieces well blanched white by the sun and sea. Once collected, all pieces are soaked in clean fresh water, well scrubbed and cleaned then checked for any unsound timber which is removed. The driftwood is then left in open cover for several weeks to dry out naturally. During the drying process I check and turn the driftwood regularly and finally before use it is checked again to ensure it is sound.

    I'll post again soon during my next project to show how I make some of my projects but in the meantime here is a selection of what I've made before.

    Any comments or questions welcome


    driftwood pic frame 1triple tealight 2