Leaf Republic have unveiled their sustainable organic tableware design… and it is made out of real leaves! Can this be the world’s best disposable plate and a viable solution to plastic-waste management?

For the past three years, the Munich based start-up has been researching sustainable packaging. Now, Leaf Republic has revealed what they have been working on to the public: a green, biodegradable and vegan tableware design. The project is currently undergoing a Kickstarter funding campeign. The goal is to raise 50,000 Euros to make these eco-designs available for us all enjoy.

Aside from funding, Leaf Republic explain that the main goal of the campaign is to raise awareness for sustainable packaging and to shift the dependency on oil-based plastics in our daily life. “We want to protect our environment and use its limited resources in a different way”, they explain. Their answer? A biodegradable set of plates which are made from what some would consider the ultimate renewable source: leaves.



In today’s world, people rely heavily on plastic packaging. “Packaging is a part of our daily lives,” says Leaf Republic, “there has always been packaging and there always will be.” The food industry in particular is responsible for a high about of packaging. Most of it goes directly to waste. Seeing how we cannot avoid it, the question then becomes: how can we make this need manageable and reduce it’s negative impact on our environment? 

 Leaf Republic designed an answer. They are determined to make a stance and engineer change through original thinking.

Revolutions are not started by a market leader, but by lateral thinkers following a clear vision”, they explain, “not to work within the system and to accept the standards as given, but to change the system and to set new standards”. They see themselves as setting these new parameters for what ecology in the packaging industry could achieve.

Their plates get you ready to enjoy a picnic outdoors with the knowledge that you are doing as little harm to the natural environment which you are enjoying. Leaf Republic’s quirky original design is sustainable, fair, compostable and very green (literally).


[Image courtesy of Leaf Republic]
[Image courtesy of Leaf Republic]
[Image courtesy of Leaf Republic]
[Image courtesy of Leaf Republic]
[Image courtesy of Leaf Republic]


The Munich based company have a very clear ethos driving their design:

“We spend only a brief moment on this world. Everything we own is only temporary. What really counts is what we create, what we build up. What counts are our actions and our decisions. They last forever. They make up the true value of our being. If these actions lead to building up a sustainable, social, gainful company, then we will have the greatest job in the world.”

It is hard to argue against such dreams, especially when they are backed by sheer ingenuity, determination, and clever design. Could this be the beginning of a green-packaging revolution we wonder?

Be sure to back the project by supporting the design on Kickstarter!


[Image courtesy of Leaf Republic]
[Image courtesy of Leaf Republic]

About the Company ‘Leaf Republic’:

This German company carries out pioneering work, being the very first company to develop sustainable one-way disposable tableware and food packaging material made of nothing but tree leaves. The most important unique selling propositions are the green color of the packaging, the contemporary design, and the unique surface feel which give the customer a feeling of freshness and naturalness. Moreover, it is free from petroleum derivatives and genetically modified components.