The leaf sheath of Area
(Areca Catechu Linn) palm, extensively cultivated in South India
as a cash crop, supplies a strong pliable material that is amenable
to shaping. This product is obtained from the plant leaf part, which
in the course of its biological life cycle, dries, falls and regenerates.
This naturally shed leaf sheath is strong, semi flexible yet not
brittle, odourless, water and heat resistant. This leaf sheath has
its own natural grains and characteristic texture, very much similar
to those seen in furniture grade wood. An added advantage with this
material is that it can be used to bake foodstuff and can even tolerate
microwave cooking. With such amazing properties it is no wonder
that this raw material has been used to manufacture a variety of
items of day-to-day use such as disposable plates, rain caps etc.
and also as packaging material.
shed leaf sheaths are first carefully sorted and then thoroughly
washed and mechanically pressed in a pre-heated form. A final trimming
process gives finish to the products. The entire manufacturing process
uses no chemicals, resins, and dyes, strengthening agents or synthetic
materials whatsoever. A specialized baking & sterilisation process
ensures that the plates are totally germ free, hygienic, and suitable
for using for food.
VISION most popular products are the disposable bioplates,
currently available in 17 different sizes and shapes. Elegant to
look at, it is the most convenient alternative to conventional plates.
There is a plate to suit every occasion - birthday parties, wedding
parties, religious functions, corporate get together, picnics, tours,
sports events or any other indoor / outdoor caterings etc. These
plates are economical and save on transportation, water and cleaning
work to the caterers, picnic, tour and party organisers. It is extremely
sturdy and comparatively lighter. Its leak proof property and the
ability to withstand hot and cold temperature makes it a product
that is one of its kind. Its biodegradable nature means that it
can be easily disposed off after use, and over a period of time
decays with the soil like any other naturally shed leaf. It can
be used as animal feed and it is combustible too.
ECO VISION range of products offer all the natural
advantages of a material that is freely available and demonstrates
the overall advantages of using a biodegradable alternative. By
incorporating technology the company has also developed innovative,
practical and utility products in addition to the Bio plate viz.
Greeting Cards, Caps, Packing material etc; with many more products
in the anvil.
The outer surface
of the sheath is greenish or brown, waxy and tough, while the inner
surface is creamy in colour and has natural grains and glossy finish.
The constituents of the
leaf sheaths are Cellulose-43 %; Crude fiber - 33 %, Ash - 5% and
Moisture. From the manurial point of view, they contain N2-0.7 %;
P205-0.3 % and K2O-1.0 %.
The leaf stocks
are cleaned and rinsed using clean ground water under high pressure.
Special care is taken where hygiene is concern. After all, people
will be eating on these plates later on. Then the most important
face punching out the shapes and pressing them with templates @
180 degree. Operator operates two pressing machine at the same time,
because lots of weight is important depending on plate size. The
heat and pressure have to be applied for 40 to 60 seconds, so that
the cookery retains it’s stability and can even be used later
on in microwave ovens. 2 to 3 plates or bowls can be punched out
of a good leafs sheet.
Each piece is quite unique
with the different colour and leaf structure. Uneven areas and stubborn
areas are brushed away using machines.