I received the coasters as part of the Stellar product testing panel. When they arrived, I liked the minimal packaging - just a small paper tag and raffia wrapping. No plastic, nothing wasteful! I appreciated the tag and brief message/picture of the woman who had made them. Out of the package at first they had a slight odor to them - like natural grass, but once I had them out in my house I didn't notice it again. For a hand-made item, they are consistent in appearance. There are very, very small variations between the coasters - far less than I would've expected from a handmade item. The coasters are very sturdy, I felt confident putting any glass on them - even the most delicate of my wine glasses. I was also hesitant to use them on my glossy-finish wood end table, just because they were natural fibers and I was afraid of scratches, but so far that hasn't been an issue. Overall, I have been very pleased. They fit in well with all my decor items from travels around the world and even better to support artisans who do quality work.