After our positive experience with VerTerra bowls we purchased some of their plates. A few days ago one of the VerTerra bowls we bought had finally worn out to the point it need to be composted. I ripped apart the bowl and placed it in a part of our yard to decompose. This product is durable enough for multiple uses. What you will find over time with scrubbing and washing is that the middle portion of the product will become soft. We had one bowl that started to flake a bit over time. You can easily just tear off the loose strip of leaf and continue to use the bowl.
The VerTerra palm leaf plates pictured above seem thinner than the bowls. This in no way affects performance. These plates so far have been just as durable as the bowls. Both will hold up for multiple uses when hand washed. Unfortunately cleaning them in a dishwasher doesn’t work out to well. The palm leaf will absorb a large amount of water and even on a heated cycle in the top rack won’t completely dry. You can place the bowl or plate in a microwave to remove a good amount of moisture. My results with this were mixed. As I mentioned previously the microwave can deform the palm leaf bowls slightly. But I’ve only seen that happen with one bowl so far. I’ve not seen any warping with the plates in a microwave.
Really the only negative of this product is having to hand wash it. Cleaning your dishes this way is wasteful in regards to water. It’s much more efficient use of power and water resources to use a dishwasher with a full load. But in my opinion it would be an even bigger waste to only use VerTerra palm leaf dishes once. With a good scrub they are definitely a multiple use product.