Wasara biodegradable dinnerware

Photo: Gregor Halenda

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5. Entertain with Ease

Who knew the humble paper plate could bring both class and consciousness to the table? A Japanese brand called Wasara, that's who. Designer and restaurateur Shinichiro Ogata sculpted curvaceous plates (and bowls, and cups and saucers) for easy balancing while you're deep in coverstaion, then molded their creamy surfaces from rapidly renewing materials like bamboo, reed pulp and sugarcane fibers. When the party's over, the dishes go straight into the compost bin.

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