Apart from being BPI-certified compostable, tests have shown that soil containing VerTerra compost enhances plant growth by over 15%. VerTerra products can withstand hot food, liquids and oils. Aside from acting as a natural insulator, our dinnerware will not leak or impart taste. Our dinnerware is made from fallen palm leaves (that would otherwise be burned), steam, heat and pressure. No plants or trees are cut or harmed during this process. VerTerra Dinnerware can withstand up to 2 minutes in the microwave on a high heat setting or up to 45 minutes in the oven on 350° as long as they are at least 6” from the heat source. VerTerra Dinnerware will naturally biodegrade at home or in an industrial compost without using chemical agents.