Hiriyur town is located in Chitradurga district which is 160 km away from Bangalore in Karnataka state. The areca leaf plates are good biodegradable natural products. In Hiriyur, the areca leaf is abundantly available due to wide spread areca cultivation. The procured leafs are washed, soaked, moulded and baked using a simple leaf plate making machine. Currently these plates are used mostly in traditional, religious, auspicious occasions and in ceremonial functions and festivals.