How Our Coconut Bowls Are Made
Each year, billions of coconut shells are discarded and burned as waste. Because of the environmental impact of this growing, burning landfill, we thought of reusing these discarded shells. These previously unwanted shells are then turned into serviceable bowls by skilled artisans in Vietnam.
STEP 1Find sustainable sources in Vietnam
We get the best coconuts from local growers that advocate sustainable practices. We always prioritize ecological balance over everything else.
STEP 2Pick out Every Coconut
After the farmers harvest their coconuts, we carefully select the best from the batch. We make sure that each coconut bowl you choose is as great as its original shell
STEP 3Remove the husk and juice
To prepare the coconut for cutting, the local craftspeople use a chisel to remove the fibrous husk. Then, they bore a couple of holes into the husk-free shell & pour out the coconut juice.
STEP 4Cut the shell in half
Next, the craftspeople cut around the coconut shell with a sharp saw blade. After cutting the shell into two, they use a coconut grater to scrape off the coconut meat, revealing a light-colored layer underneath.
STEP 5Sand The Bowl
With the use of sandpaper, the coconut shells’ edges, outer surfaces, and inner surfaces are sanded and smoothed. Sanding these shells can reveal the naturally rich brown colors of the Rainforest Coconut Bowls.
STEP 6Get the bowl ready for use
Every bowl is polished to perfection with coconut oil. This oil is poured to cover the entire coconut bowl, and it is then spread out with a soft cloth.
How Our Wooden Utensils Are Made
Rainforest Bowls offers some of the most sustainable pieces of cutlery out there: wooden coconut, bamboo, and ebony utensils. What makes our wooden coconut and ebony utensils eco-friendly is that they’re made of scrap wood.
STEP 1Collect Sustainable Materials
For our wooden coconut, ebony, and bamboo utensils, we source offcuts of coconut timber, ebony wood, and bamboo stalks. Like our coconut bowls, these utensils are made of reclaimed materials to avoid using what’s left of our natural resources.
STEP 2Draw The Outer Shapes Of The Utensils
With the use of a pencil, artisans draw the profiles of spoons, forks, and knives. They meticulously outline each and every detail, such as the thickness, shape, and handle.
STEP 3Cut The Materials Into The Utensils' Shapes
Using the drawn shapes as references, the craftspeople saw the wooden materials down to the drawn lines. Then, they use woodcarving knives to hollow out the bowls of the spoons, carve the prongs of the forks, and shape and sharpen the edges of the knives.
STEP 4Carve The Handles
Next, the artisans clamp and secure the utensils in a vise. They then shape and carve the handles, ensuring that these handles are straight, smooth, and comfortable to hold.
STEP 5Smooth Out The Shapes
After carving the rough shapes of the utensils, they smooth out the edges by making light cuts across the grain until the shape and texture of each utensil are completely smooth. Next, they sand every inch of the utensils to perfect their texture and look.
STEP 6Polish With All-Natural Oil
Then, the utensils are thoroughly cleaned until there’s no dirt or sawdust left. To make them durable, long-lasting, and ready for holding your food, they are finally coated with all-natural coconut oil.
How Our Bamboo Straws Are Made
Reusable, disposable, biodegradable, and compostable, our bamboo straws are the most eco-friendly alternative to single-use plastic. Moreover, bamboos are known for their durable properties, and they’re some of the fastest-growing plants in the world. That’s why they are the most sustainable and durable materials for straws. Like our bowls, our bamboo straws have gone through an all-natural process:
STEP 1Find Sustainable Bamboo Plantations In Vietnam
We make sure that we source bamboo stalks from local growers practicing sustainable farming. From these stalks, we only get the parts that we need to make our straws.
STEP 2Let The Bamboo Dry Before Cuttingt
After getting the stalks, local craftspeople let them dry under the sun. The natural drying process provides the bamboo stalks with hardened properties, making them safe to cut and to use as straws.
STEP 3Turn The Bamboo Stalks Into Straws
The major transformation begins when the stalks are cut down to the straws’ 8-inch (20-centimeter) length. After that, the cut bamboo stalks are filed and sanded, giving them a naturally smooth finish.
STEP 4Wash And Disinfect Them
To make them safe for sipping your drinks, the bamboo straws are submerged in boiling water with a dash of vinegar for about an hour. Doing so can kill all the harmful bacteria from the straws.
STEP 5Dry Them Under The Tropical Sun
Before preparing them for use, the straws are dried under the hot tropical sun for days. This step can not only remove the moisture from the straws, but it can also naturally disinfect them and provide them with that golden sun-kissed appearance.
STEP 6Prepare The Straws For You
After bathing under the sun, the straws are double-checked for quality. Once they’re thoroughly inspected, they are finally packed and ready to be delivered.