Follow the latest crop of tabletop offerings and you’ll find the majority point to nature. Certain products are environmentally friendly, such as paper instead of plastic or palm leaves instead of Styrofoam. Other items reflect outdoor elements—including flower petals, tree stumps and minerals. Two manufacturers say a U.S. national park influenced their dinnerware design. Note the following 12 products when reenergizing your tabletop landscape.
PAPER, NOT PLASTIC
These paper straws are sea turtle-friendly, compostable and last more than three hours in liquid. They are FDA compliant and come wrapped or unwrapped for sanitary handling.
Aardvark Straws aardvarkstraws.com
The Ridge dinnerware collection reflects the look and texture of stone with the benefits and durability of melamine. Plating options range from bullion bowls to platters.
Carlisle FoodService Products carlislefsp.com
MADE FROM HEMP
Bamboo Studio offers Eco-Hempware made from hemp fiber, which it says is twice as strong as steel, six times as flexible and compostable. The collection includes reusable and disposable bowls, plates, cups and cutlery.
TREE STUMP STYLE
Inspired by the groves in Sequoia National Park, the Sequoia line—now including ramekins, bowls and plates— offers an authentic presentation with unique, irregular shapes. The melamine products are dishwasher safe.
Elite Global Solutions egsfoodservice.com
The gently fluted sides of these bowls mimic dahlias, tulips or zinnias. While handcrafted with luxury in mind, the dishwasher-safe and microwave-friendly products are built for everyday service, too.
Jars USA jarsceramistes.com
These serving boards boast one solid piece of renewable, sustainable American hardwood. They are reversible and come in maple, cherry or walnut.
John Boos johnboos.com
Use this 6½-in. seasoned cast iron grill pan as a serving piece for small meals or side dishes.
Lodge Mfg. lodgemfg.com
The Drizzle collection of fine china blends neutral, monochromatic shades with organic strokes inspired by rainfall.
This Palmbowl Palm Leaf bowl is a biodegradable alternative to catering bowl supplies, such as those made from Styrofoam.
N0 TWO PIECES ALIKE
Vesuvius, constructed of alumina vitrified china, features three reactive glazes named after some of nature’s precious materials: Amber, Lapis and Emerald.
Steelite Int’l. us.steelite.com
WARMING UP THE BUFFET
Industrial Collection’s natural Acacia wood provides warm, earthy texture, while metal piping, banding and rivets add modern, mechanical elements.
Organic earth tones found in Zion National Park inspired the Zion dinnerware collection. Choose from four matte glazes: Beige, Black, Gray and White.
Tuxton China tuxton.com