Is Bamboo Safe and Eco-friendly?
Are you still using a plastic cutting board?
Tsk, tsk. It’s okay, really. I have to confess in my pre-green days plastic was all I used. I mean, plastic is cheap and convenient, so I get it. But there are a few issues with using plastic in the kitchen:
- Made from petrochemicals
- Poses environmental risks: drilling, importing materials, transporting, pollution from manufacturing
- They wear down quickly
- Bacteria can live in the tiny crevices left by knife marks that happen over time
- They are non-recyclable
So ditching the plastic is a no-brainer. But, what should we switch to?
I am a big fan of bamboo. Besides being absolutely beautiful, bamboo is safe and the most Eco-friendly material to work with.
Bamboo is safe
So the USDA has long recommended plastic, saying that wood harbours bacteria due to being porous. The University of Wisconsin’s Food Research Institute decided to challenge the USDA’s claim. In their study, they deliberately contaminated different cutting boards with bacteria commonly responsible for food poisoning. The result? Bacteria multiplied on the plastic boards, yet seemingly died within three minutes on the wooden boards. The USDA still claims the reason for this is because bacteria seeps down into the wood*.
But here is the thing, bamboo is naturally antibacterial. Simply washing your bamboo cookware with warm soapy water is enough to keep them clean and you never have to worry about any bacteria seeping into the wood.
Bamboo is Eco-friendly
Actually bamboo is not wood, it’s a grass. Who wood have guessed it! It’s harder than maple and growing and harvesting it is sustainable for the planet. It can grow 3 to 4 feet per day and plants can reach adulthood in about three years, it doesn’t require fertilizers or pesticides or even much water at all, and it releases 35% more oxygen into the air.
I like Bambu because their products are beautiful and modern. They are dedicated to working locally with growers and crafters using sustainable methods.
- Made from organically grown bamboo
- Bamboo absorbs little moisture and resists swelling and warping
- Finished with food-safe oils
Where to find Bambu
Visit mightynest.com to find Bambu products.