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The New Outdoor Dining: 5 Favorite Sources for Design-Forward, Disposable Plates and Cups

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The New Outdoor Dining: 5 Favorite Sources for Design-Forward, Disposable Plates and Cups

May 31, 2018

One of our favorite things about warmer weather: the advent of dining outdoors, and the opportunity to make each meal a festive occasion. When eating near home, we tote our ceramics and glassware right into the garden. But when traveling farther afield or in need of lighter wares, a slew of goods are now on the market that are more design-forward than the standard Dixie cups and white paper plates. Though they’re all disposable, many are eco-friendly, biodegradable, or plastic-free, and some are design-forward enough to wash and reuse. Here are a few favorite sources for picnics and beach trips.

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Above: Online shop Oh Happy Day has a wide selection of disposable tableware, but we particularly like their simple, streamlined Large Plates, shown here in Ballet and available for $7 for a set of eight. (They also offer plates in iconic Liberty of London prints.)

Above: New Brooklyn-based company L’Entramise makes some of the best-designed tableware we’ve seen in a while, much of it made to look like its glass or ceramic equivalent. Plus, all of it is recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable. We like their elegant “glassware,” such as the Tinted Water Glass in Jett (left; 50 cents each) and Fluted Rocks Glass (right; 60 cents each).
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Above: Like their drinkware, this Dinner Plate in Smoke ($1.35) is plastic but inspired by stoneware, and sturdy and good-looking enough to wash and reuse.
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Above: We’ve been longtime fans of Japanese tableware brand Wasara, “made from “100 percent tree-free materials.” It’s “a natural fit with the curvature of human hands and brings grace to the beholder.”

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Above: The Maru Round Plates by Wasara are single-use (and harder to wash), but they’re biodegradable and compostable and, the company notes, “great for displaying food- and non-food items.” Wasara goods are available in bulk on Amazon, and the large plates are also available in smaller denominations from ABC Carpet & Home ($10 for a set of eight).
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Above: SustyParty, another Brooklyn-based outfit, makes compostable tableware, like these Yellow Dinner Plates, available for $6.21 for a pack of eight via Amazon. The company also works with nonprofit factories who employ people with disabilities. See the full collection here.
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Above: Food52 carries an array of good-looking disposable tableware made from “fallen leaves and water,” like these Large Compostable Wooden Plates, available for $25 for a set of 25. (See the full Verterra collection here.)
Check out a few more of our picks for artful outdoor dining:

N.B.: Featured photograph via L’Entramise.

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