Kitchen basics from bambu bambuhome.com
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bambu is a company that designs, develops, and markets green products for the kitchen and home. Each utensil from the Kitchen Basics line is shaped from a single piece of bamboo, and, according to bambu owner Jeff Delkin, does not use adhesives or a lacquer finish. Instead, a food-safe oil is used to preserve and protect the utensils. Bamboo is a popular choice for green mate- rial because it can be harvested sustainably. “These essential tools for the kitchen reflect the company’s emphasis on
simple, functional design,” says Delkin. The New York and Shanghai-based company also supports the communities in which it operates by using local artists and craftspeople, as well as focuses on green efforts buy having production centers near the bamboo source. However, Delkin admits the transportation issue is the weak link in its green production process. “But the renewable material we prefer is not available in the U.S., and it is always better to use fresh cut [stalks]. Working with it when it is freshly cut produces a higher quality product,” he explains. Delkin adds that lessening the carbon footprint is important, and the company has commissioned a carbon study to look at the impact on the supply chain and how to best import the product.
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Ceramic cookware from Spain by From Spain Inc. fromspain.com
This handmade ceramic cookware is produced in Palencia, Spain, in a factory which supports its community by employing only handicapped and disabled workers. This factory receives extensive recognition by the Spanish government for its support of the disabled. Designed by Teo Calvo, all pieces are oven, microwave and rangetop safe.
Biodegradable doilies from Modern-Twist modern-twist.com
A modern interpretation of a traditional doily, this version—designed by Modern-Twist’s, Kat Nouri—is fashioned from wheat grass and bagasse (sugar cane) to make it sustainable. These tree-free designs are biodegradable within 30-60 days.
Sue Marquette Poremba is a freelance writer based in State College, PA. She specializes in technology, engineering, energy, and IT security topics. She has also published over a dozen essays and is the author of a book about the Philadelphia Phillies.
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