Environmentalists who preach reduce and reuse know that a low price tag doesn’t mean a good value if the product doesn’t last. That knowledge should have stopped me from buying cheap $1.99 plastic cutting boards from IKEA, which quickly turned into ugly, stained, warped pieces of crap that wouldn’t lay flat on my kitchen counter, dangerously sliding around when I tried to slice things up.
I learned my lesson. Last week, I picked up a Bambu cutting board, conveniently available in walking distance at my local co-op. This cutting board has got all the eco-features: Made from certified organic bamboo glued together with water-based, formaldehyde-free adhesives — and packaged only with a slim paper sleeve — printed on 100 percent post-consumer fiber, of course. While made in China, the makers of Bambu products are organized as a collective and are fairly compensated — which is why Bambu is a Green America-approved company.
Plus, the pretty, hand-finished cutting board can double as a serving board — perfect for a cheese platter at parties. Various sizes are available, so pick one that meets your cutting and serving needs. I got the large, which cost about $25 — and expect this good-looking board to last a lot longer than the IKEA ones — getting compliments from my party guests all the while. Bambu products are available at many local green-leaning stores — as well as Whole Foods, Ralphs and Bristol Farms.