Bear Country Kitchen is committed to sustainability and carrying all kinds of products that will help you do your part. An emerging trend in sustainable manufacturing is using bamboo to construct durable, attractive products.
What makes bamboo so sustainable? First, it grows about 10 times faster than other plants, so it can be cut for manufacturing and grow back before anyone notices it is gone. In fact, it grows so fast that it can grow 1 meter in a 24 hour period. Furthermore, it is technically a grass and can be cut without killing the plant. Even better, bamboo’s strength to weight ratio is similar to timber, so it is as hard as wood, which makes for durable, long-lasting products that can easily replace plastic.
We carry several kitchen products made from bamboo, from cutting boards to cooking utensils, bowls to steamers, and even household paper towels. Browse our collection of bamboo products to shop now, or keep reading to learn about some of our favourite items/ brands.
Albert L Punkt Bamboo Bowls
Knowing that bamboo had been a dominant raw material in South and South East Asia for millenia, Albert L. Punkt started manufacturing bowls, trays, and salad servers out of its plant in Hanoi, Vietnam. Bear Country Kitchen stocks the brand’s colourful, bamboo bowls in 5 sizes which come in both shallow and round dimensions. The bowls are finished with a high-gloss lacquer, making them attractive for serving food and for home decor. Committed to fair trade practices, you can know you’re supporting local craftsmen in Hanoi, when you acquire one of the beautiful pieces from this brand that can potentially last a lifetime if properly cared for.
Ever Bamboo Household Items and Deodorizers
We carry toothbrushes from Ever Bamboo in addition to a range of household deodorizers from the Canadian brand, established in 2007. The toothbrushes are 100 % plant based, are natural and non-toxic and last as long as your standard plastic toothbrush. The deodorizers we carry include the Hockey Deodorizer Pack, Room Deodorizer and Dehumidifier, the Mini Deodorizer Pack, and the Sports Kit Deodorizer.
Each of these unscented products is made from Bamboo charcoal, which is produced from rapidly growing Moso bamboo. Its porous structure gives the charcoal revolutionary abilities as both a deodorizer and dehumidifier.
Green Bamboo Cutting Boards, Cutlery Tray, Salad Bowl and Mortar & Pestle
Since bamboo crops absorb between 100 and 400 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere annually, the best brands make a wide range of kitchen tools and serveware from it. Green Bamboo’s products are lightweight, sustainable, durable and affordable.
With 4 sizes of cutting boards ranging from $16.99 to $39.99, you are bound to find one that fits your needs. They also make an attractive cutlery tray and mortar & pestle set, as well as this beautiful salad bowl.
Now Designs Planta Mixing Bowl Set
Now Designs makes a set of 5 mixing bowls from a composite that combines 40% bamboo fibers with 60% melamine. At $35.99, these nesting Planta bowls are an affordable way to restock your baking supplies, and come in two color palettes.
PaperProducts Cups and Plates
PaperProducts Design makes bamboo cups, plates, and bowls in a variety of festive tropical patterns.
Perfect for outdoor living, they even make salad bowl sets with serving utensils in the same colourful patterns.
These bamboo servewares are great for picnics, travel, and camping. Since they are heat, stain, and water resistant, they don’t absorb odours and are easy to clean.
Salad Serving Cutlery from Green Bamboo and Island Bamboo
Bamboo is less porous than wood, making it a more hygienic choice for serving salad. Green Bamboo and Island Bamboo both make some very attractive salad serving cutlery. While the Green Bamboo salad servers are made exclusively from bamboo, Island Bamboo uses pakkawood, a bamboo composite material infused with natural dyes. Both are ultimately biodegradable.
Bamboo Steamers from Zen Cuizine and Helen’s Asian Kitchen
Bamboo Steamers are wonderful for light and healthy cooking. Consisting of interlocking baskets that sit on top of one another. The entire set up is put on top of a wok or pan with boiling water and the steam rises up through the layers to cook what’s inside. We carry 3 bamboo steamers from 2 brands in the 8, 10, and 12 inch size - Zen Cuizine and Helen’s Asian Kitchen.
Bamboo has been used as a material in several other products we carry including this Lint Remover, Matcha Tea Whisk, Bamboo Spreader, Folding Dish Rack, Skewers and Sushi Mats, Sporks, Pot & Pan Scraper, and even Reusable Paper Towel proving it to be a versatile manufacturing material that is bound to increase in popularity as timber, stainless steel, and other materials become increasingly expensive.
The best thing about bamboo, we won’t lose out on durability as consumers and can feel good about our selection of an eco-friendly, renewable resource that is as practical as it is attractive.