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type of biz: sustainable living technologies – bamboo products
what: bamboo is the most useful plant known to man. The Japanese alone have more than 1,500 uses for this wonderful grass! The green, woody, jointed poles of the bamboo form large colonies called brakes, growing as tall as 50 feet (more than 15 m). Grass-like leaves growing from jointed branches all along the trunk are mostly commonly used to weave baskets or as fibre to produce textiles. In the kitchen, professional chefs prefer bamboo because it’s much harder than rock maple or other kinds of local wood (which differs from country to country) traditionally used for cutting boards and bowls.
sustainability features: bamboo grows faster than any other known plant, as much as an inch (2.54 cm) every 40 minutes! But despite this ability, increasing pressures to use land for other purposes has led to a decrease in the number of bamboo plantations. Bamboo rejuvenates itself in a 2-3 year cycle after being cut, and is considered a natural eco-material because harvesting bamboo has little impact on the environment's natural balance and will never run out under a planned re-growth regime.
- Bamboo Cutting Boards and Salad Bowls are durable and hardy enough to remain unmarred and lovely for years. An ideal gift for your favourite chef in the family.
- Bamboo Spatula can be used for frying, stirring and scooping! Made from durable, sustainable bamboo, it measures 12” (30 cm) long and has a slight indentation, making it the perfect tool for tasting!
- Bamboo Rice Paddle is a versatile tool (12” - 30 cm - long). It’s a relatively flat bamboo spoon that is perfect for dishing rice (hence the name) but can be used for countless other functions. Well-made, the bamboo is over ¼” (0.6 cm) thick at the handle. Durable, this paddle also has a hole at the end of the handle for hanging if desired.
- Bamboo Tea Strainer: metal free to steep and strain your favourite tea. Bamboo is functional, practical, attractive and sustainable. Great value. Measures: 2” (5 cm) in diameter by 2.5” (6.35 cm) deep.
Nevertheless it must be said that the product’s sustainability also depends on the user’s location. In fact, bamboo grows only in temperate/tropical climate areas. If you live in Sweden, for example, the local forests, which produce abundant, excellent, and often eco-certified conifers (pine and fire wood), are the best resource for your kitchen tools. In this case, bamboo would need to be imported from countries far away and its massive use would undoubtedly have a negative impact on the environment (increasing both energy consumption and emissions). So: think first - purchase well and wisely!