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Eco-Products Review

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Growing up, my parents always recycled. Cans, bottles, newspapers, etc. they recycled everything that was approved. I remember using paper plates and cups and then tossing them into the trash afterwards because if they were dirty, they could not be recycled. I have to admit that since we have moved into our new house, we haven't yet obtained a recycle bin for our recyclables but if I had one, I would most certainly use it. Using eco-friendly products is not something that I consistently do but something that I try to do when I am able. Obviously, using disposable products is easier because you just throw them into the trash when you are finished with them and you don't have to wash dishes! I like that. :)
When it comes to eco-friendly products, there is a fantastic company that I have recently become acquainted with and I wanted to introduce them to you all today. Eco-Products is a company that carries sustainable, disposable products that are made from recycled, plant based materials. I had never heard of this company before and was excited to review their products! Before I continue though, here is a bit more information about Eco-Products...

We are not a disposable products company trying to act green. We're a green company who happens to operate in disposables.

With an idea, a garage, and a few grants to write a business plan, Kent and Steve Savage founded Eco-Products on October 1, 1990. The general idea was to provide products made from recycled materials to businesses in central Colorado. The demand for recycled products was consistent and many competitors already offered similar products made from recycled materials, so our founders shifted the business toward foodservice disposables and janitorial supplies. Eco-Products continued to grow more rapidly, expanding our line of foodservice items and enjoying an increasing growth rate for a small company. 

When I was contacted about doing a review for Eco-Products, I was very excited and had a difficult time choosing what I wanted to review. Thankfully, the company sent me what they felt would be enjoyed the most by my family and I.
So, for this review I was sent a package of Large Square Sugarcane Plates and a package of 12 oz. GreenStripe Cold Cups. My first impression was how elegant the plates looked. I mean, they look so classy, don't they?
The plates have a nice indented center to make filling the plate simple and they are made of sugarcane...a rapidly renewable resource. They feel like heavy duty cardboard and are very thick. The one thing I HATE about paper plates is how floppy they get when you fill them with food. I don't know how many times my children have dumped plates of food simply because they collapse under the weight of the food that is on them...no matter how much or how little food too! These are definitely more heavy duty. Oh, and they are also cut-resistant. I know this because I tried. :)
The GreenStripe Cold Cups are nice as well. They aren't as classy in looks as the plates but they are still very useful and come in handy around my house. These cups are made from a PLA, which is a plant-based plastic. I have never heard of plant-based plastic before! Sounds so much nicer than the chemical laden plastic that we typically have around here. They are very durable and certified compostable, which is great.
So, talking about these products is all well and good but I love to base my opinion of products I review on how they actually work for me. I have to say that I was impressed. I used the plates the other day for my lunch and as you can see, I had a large salad. It was loaded with good things and the plate held up beautifully...I carried it to the table with one hand instead of trying to keep the sides from collapsing. It was perfect! The cup worked out well too...I wasn't really expecting much out of it though. It wasn't flimsy and was a great cup for my ginger ale. 
Also, like most people, we are heading to a family Memorial Day picnic tomorrow and the Square Sugarcane Plates were perfect for my chocolate chip cookies! Don't they look great? I love square dishes as they really seem to dress up the presentation of my food. 

So, if you are interested in checking out these and other products that are eco-friendly, be sure to visit Eco-Products. Also, make sure you stop by their Facebook page as well as their Twitter account and and check out the happenings there. I was thoroughly impressed with Eco-Products and was delighted to try out their products. I do recommend them and hope that you will check them out today!

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive free product for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Eco-Products websites and email. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine. 

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