All this BPA news is a real downer, so I thought, in light of it being Earth Week and all, I’d do something more fun and review some really cute earth friendly dishware I recently bought. As we all know, or may have read, products made of bamboo are a sustainable and earth friendly alternative to plastic or paper which takes up tons of resources and then sits in landfills. I decided to give the bowls and utensils made by Bambu a go, to see if they’d hold up to my 2 year old and my busy life. I’ve been hesitant to buy wood or bamboo for fear that they would be a pain, since you can’t run them in the dishwasher. And as any busy mom knows, anything that needs hand-washing is a pain no matter how you look at it. But I said “Kathy, for the love of the earth, just give it a shot.”
I have to admit I am pretty attached to them. I opted for a Berry Bambu Bowl and a set of smooth ended utensils. The bowl is entirely made of coiled and smooth bamboo and then sealed on the outside with food safe lacquer. It’s deeper than some of the traditional kid bowls, but for us, that was a bonus. It fits more fruit, cereal, or snacks and washes up easy. I hand wash all our sippy cups so I just wash it quick with those and let it dry. The nice part about that is it’s not sitting in the dishwasher waiting to get cleaned. I have a clean bowl, at the ready, all the time.
The utensils worked out well too. The spoon and bowl are my son’s favorite to use daily. The fork had a small splinter, which I fixed myself with a little sand paper, and it works great. My only critique would be that the tines are a little chunky so its hard for him to get food on it… but this would probably work better with time or with an older child. And they look nice. No cheap plastic utensils getting stuck in the dishwasher. I’m a convert. They’re durable, made of sustainable materials and look great. And no worries over BPA or phthalates or any plastic yuckiness.
I purchased mine at The Soft Landing!