I’m not a paper plate and paper cup kind of guy, and I imagine not too many reading this are, either. But one look at this elegant little cup — ideal for matcha, no less — sure spun me around on the possibilities of disposable AND biodegradable tableware.
The Wasara series of single-use tableware is pretty freaking elegant. It’s made from 100-percent renewable, “tree-free” materials: a combo of bamboo, reed pulp, and something called bagasse, a substance leftover from the sugar-refining process that’s typically thrown away as waste.
This stuff hits all the sweet spots of good design: it’s clean, crisp, utterly utilitarian, and minimalist. It feels good, and stable, in your hands. It’s got lovely texture. It’s thin, paper-light, and yet robust; it feels terrible and wrong to throw it away after only one use. And it goes right into the compost pile, not the garbage, not even the recycling bin. Designed (and made) in Japan by Shinichiro Ogata.
Do disposable plates get any better than this?
Branch Home in SF is the exclusive US distributor of this rather stunning series (disclaimer: Branch’s founder, Paul Donald, is a friend. But he didn’t ask for a feature in this space — Wasara is featured because it’s gorgeous, and useful to breakaway cooks everywhere).