No trees are ever cut to produce FARMBITES Dinnerware. It is made from nature's simplest ingredients - fallen leaves, heat and water. The leaves fall naturally from the Areca nut palm plant. Picked from the ground raw leaves are washed clean in spring water, then heat-pressed into desired shapes and sun dried to harden. This process sterilizes the leaf and uses no additives. When the plate cools down it hardens to a form, which can endure even a harder use than original material.