When I told the kids that we get to bury our new dishes in the ground when we’re done with them, it caused quite a stir! They interpreted “when we’re done” as “right after supper” and it was hard to tell if they were happy that we get to keep using the dishes, or miffed that they had to wait a whole 3 years before digging the hole in the garden! Either way, it was a great teachable moment about biodegradable materials and I’m happy to have planted another green seed in their minds!
We’ve had the opportunity to use bamboo fiber tableware by White-o-Coccoli for the past month and it’s been a real hit! Anything that is green (they do come in other colours, I’m referring to the environmental impact here!) appeals to me. The fact that they stack nicely, are dishwasher friendly, and really rugged (read: we’ve dropped them … no chips or cracks!) are an added bonus. The kids love the feel of it. It’s light to carry and the insulating property of bamboo pulp is different than plastic or melamine: you can really feel cold milk through the cup! And even at 4 and 6 yrs old, they’re more keen to clean their plate off when there’s a promise of a cute character at the bottom.
White-o-Coccoli (rhymes with Right-O-Broccoli according to Juliette) is “Fun, earth-friendly tableware just for kids” made of bamboo pulp which is heat pressed into shape. Available in green, turqouise, pink, and blue, these dishes are coloured with a soy based food-safe colouring which will last as long as the dishes themselves. The pictures aren’t coated with melamine (music to my ears!) and so naturally the picture will fade over time. The pictures on our cup and bowl have shown no sign of fading yet despite daily use and trips through the dishwasher for the past month, although the plate took a major hit when we had delivery pizza. The hot grease lifted a lot of ink in just one meal, but we haven’t been able to re-create the scenario since, even with an ooey-gooey grilled cheese!
The Children’s Bamboo Smiley Spoon we received has been perfect for small yogourt pots and fruit cups. The handle is a bit too short for our children’s hands to use for cereal or soup – we’re ready for the adult versions. It’s important to note that unlike the tablewear, the cutlery line isn’t dishwasher friendly. I would have LOVED to have this spoon when the kids were teething, and think that the personalized ones with names burned into them make a GREAT baby gift, especially for wee ones with really unique names!
These dishes have been a real delight to use and have caused much (cheerful) debate at the dinner table. The kids have yet to decide whether the character on the cup is a dragon or a dinosaur (I haven’t told them that the themes are marketed as Green-Dinosaurs, Turquoise-Robots, Pink-Princess, and Blue-Underwater), nor have they agreed on the final resting place when it comes time for the biodegrade-burial!
Only 1064 more days to decide, too!
White-o-Coccoli was started just over two years ago after the owner of the company was asked by her youngest daughter to make her a personalized spoon. Upon researching options on how to make one she quickly discovered all of the harmful chemicals that went into the making of plastic and melamine tableware. Further reading informed her of how these chemicals release fumes constantly, and more so after the product was heated (example, in a microwave, dishwasher or even the sun), which was then absorbed into the food or drinks added to the tableware. She knew an alternative had to be found, and that is when she discovered bamboo. White-o-Coccoli now offers many alternatives to your children’s plastic and melamine tableware including spoons, bowls, plates and cups in many styles and in some cases colors! Their biggest seller is the Bamboo Smiley Spoons, over 1000 of these guys have been sold and are making smiles all around the world, the spoons can also be personalized with the children’s names on them using pyrography thus keeping the product Eco friendly!
New to White-o-Coccoli is also a bamboo fiber line made from bamboo pulp which is heat pressed into shape. This not only makes for a beautiful, durable product, but it also allows it to be dishwasher safe! It comes in four fun colors to please any little one!
Use for three years after the first wash then simply bury it in the ground where it will naturally decompose back into our earth, leaving this planet one step closer to being beautiful for our children and their children! Please note that the pictures on the tableware are not forever, the melamine coating to keep a picture on forever was turned down by White-o-Coccoli in order to keep this beautiful product Eco friendly! Food safe soy based ink was used for the pictures.
The winner gets to choose one set (including plate, bowl and cup) in their color choice! Good luck!
Contest is open to Canadian Residents Only age 18+. You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry.