Al Gore might give you a dirty look, but if you're being honest, it's hard not to contemplate reaching for a handy-dandy paper plate sometime during the summer. Luckily, you can turn over a new leaf with plates made almost entirely from leaves. An inventive company called Verterra collects fallen leaves and turns them into disposable dishes, using little more than water and steam. These stylish plates, bowls and platters are technically reusable, but since they're cheap and 100-percent compostable, you don't have to feel bad about throwing them away.
by Michelle Taute