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Reusable, disposable, compostable dinnerware

A new line of bamboo dinnerware, flatware, and serving pieces offers an eco-friendly solution for the throwaway generation.

In the effort to go green, I'm focusing on small changes that add up to big wins. I've owned up to the fact that I'm not going to give up using my dryer, for example, but I have stopped buying paper towels. Napkins are up next. I'm also encouraging my children to use real plates and silverware when we're at home, and to save the disposable things for picnics and school lunches.

Use it, reuse it, and toss it on the ground. Bamboo Studio

However, with the beautiful summer weather upon us, I love eating outdoors. I love the mess-free kitchen after a meal eaten outside, and I really hate schlepping plates and silverware outside. I also hate eating on paper plates and throwing them away. What's a girl to do?

Bamboo Studio offers a possible solution in their new line of disposable and compostable bamboo dinnerware. The line includes different size square and round plates, chopsticks, skewers, wine plates, bowls, trays, flatware, and serving accessories.

The products are made from the discarded sheath of a bamboo plant, so they're 100 percent biodegradable. Notice that the company isn't using the living plant--itself a sustainable resource. Rather, they're repurposing the plant's waste. And you can reuse these pieces a few times before composting them, which is nice.

The pieces are a little pricey, but saving the world has to come at a cost, right?