Picnic plates leave no trashForget paper and plastic. You...

ON THE HOME FRONT

September 03, 1995|By Elizabeth Large

Picnic plates leave no trash

Forget paper and plastic. You can't have an eco-friendly picnic without Botanika Leafware. Made from the leaves of deciduous trees in India (the tree isn't hurt), leafware is (x completely biodegradable -- you don't even need a trash can when you're finished eating. Just bury your plate.

This isn't the sturdiest dinnerware you've ever used, but it works very well for traditional picnic fare -- sandwiches and chips, cut-up vegetables and fruits. Ten 12-inch plates are $7.95; four -- 8-inch-round serving bowls, $6.95. If you can't find Botanika Leafware locally, you can order it from the Eco Design Co. Call (800) 621-2591 for the catalog.

Hot new hue is European blue

The new hue is blue -- a saturated blue that Williams-Sonoma is featuring in a variety of small appliances as well as dinnerware, linens and housewares. Called European blue, it's an appealing shade often associated with Scandinavian countries. Food processors, mixers, coffee makers and so on from Cuisinart, KitchenAid, Krups and Waring are presently available in European blue. All those appliances that end up on the kitchen counter can now be colorful, and coordinated, decorative accents.

You can see the new European blue products at the several Williams-Sonoma stores in the area or call (800) 541-2233 for a copy of the catalog.

Tasty grapes from tiny vines

You don't have to be an oenophile or a practitioner of the ancient Japanese art of bonsai to appreciate Petite Vines. A local reader loves hers so much she wrote to tell me about it. "When I received it a few months ago," she says, "it had a cluster or two of tiny seeds that have turned into sweet edible grapes!"

The bonsai grape varietals are pruned and trained for several years before they are ready to ship. They are capable of bearing the fruit of such varieties as cabernet, chardonnay, zinfandel, pinot noir, merlot and sauvignon blanc, although not all the plants will produce grapes every year.

The vines, no more than a foot high, range in price from $60 to $80. For more information, call (707) 433-6255.

On the Home Front welcomes interesting tidbits of home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, On the Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.

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