Eco-Friendly Dinnerware for a No-Waste, No-Mess Thanksgiving

After whipping up your Thanksgiving feast, the last thing you want to do is spend the rest of the night washing dishes. Give yourself a break this season with disposable (and eco-friendly!) pieces.

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November 13, 2019

You've spent days, if not weeks, prepping for the most meal-obsessed holiday of the year. And now, you're staring at a pile of dishes that you'll surely be washing until Christmas. Not this year! We've found a way to make your Thanksgiving clean-up a cinch with disposable platters, plates and even wine glasses. And the best part is that they're all sustainable options that are recyclable, compostable or biodegradable.

So, go ahead, put up your feet and shop this ready-to-toss serveware to set yourself up for a stress-free Thanksgiving evening. It doesn't hurt that all of our picks are just as pretty as your table setting.

$10 for pack of 20

Even if you opt to eat the main meal on china, save yourself some wash-up time with lovely dessert plates. These beautifully decorated pink-and-gold ones bring metallic flair to your seasonal meal.

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$15.99 for pack of 100

Bedecked in golden glitter for the holidays, these delightful cups are a cheerful addition to your gathering. Keep a permanent marker by the cups so guests can write their names to keep up with their drinks. Bonus: These BPA-free cups are made of recyclable plastic.

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$9.95 for set of 20

No need to do a load of laundry after dinner when there are paper napkins just as pretty as your cloth ones. These sweet floral napkins in fall's favorite hues are detailed with gold foil accents and a scalloped edge. Throw these in your compost pile after dinner since soiled paper products can't be recycled.

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There's no way to tackle turkey and dressing without silverware, but you don't have to pull out your fine silver this Thanksgiving. Wooden flatware adds style to your table setting and is a clever alternative to plastic. This set is compostable and biodegradable so you can feel good about reducing waste and clean-up.

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$12.99 for set of 12

You probably don't need dozens of wine glasses stored in your cabinets year-round, but when hosting a crowd for Thanksgiving, extra glasses are a must. Grab these budget-friendly and 100 percent recyclable stemless glasses to ensure everyone has a drink in hand for toasting (or as a mode of survival).

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$21.95 for pack of 25

Made from naturally fallen palm leaves, these sturdy serving trays add a rustic-meets-organic aesthetic to your Thanksgiving table. Completely biodegradable, the trays won't get soggy or bend like paper plates and are a smart sustainable choice.

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$17.01 for 6

You don't have to sacrifice style for ease. These druable, elegant gold trays will hold up under the weight of heavy food and are designed to carry hot or cold dishes. Display your appetizers and side dishes without worrying about the hassle of cleaning up. But don't toss 'em! These babies are so sturdy, you can use them at Christmas, too.

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$3.76 for 4

'Tis the season for all the pies. This set of four paper pie plates means no scraping leftover crust off the bottom of your pans. Additionally, they're made to have the least environmental impact and the lightest carbon footprint possible.

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If you want a one-serves-all pack, then look no further. This sophisticated confetti gold set has everything you need for your feast: 20 dinner plates, salad or dessert plates, knives, forks, spoons and tumblers. Plus, you don't have to toss them when you're done. They're heavy-duty enough to wash and reuse. If your recycling center accepts #6 plastics, then give this set a quick rinse and add them to your recycle bin.

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Whether you use them to bring your dish to your host or for packing up leftovers for guests, these take-away containers are guaranteed to be useful. And there's no need to worry about trying to get your dish back afterward. Made responsibly from cornstarch, you can toss these right in the trash or compost without guilt.

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