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- Easier maintennance than wood cutting boards - Regular rinsing with warm water and mild detergent and an occasional sweep of mineral oil are enough to keep the sheen intact
- Extremely durable - Bamboo boards can last an average of 10 years
- Composed of natural bamboo
- Less prone to bacteria build-up than wood, plastic, or composite cutting boards
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From the manufacturer
Tom Sullivan, Co - Founder
Before & After conditioning your bamboo board
Proper care will ensure a long life for your bamboo products.
- Wash your bamboo products by hand
- Do not wash your bamboo products in the dishwasher unless advertised
- Periodically condition your bamboo cutting boards with Totally Bamboo Revitalizing Mineral Oil or our new Totally Bamboo Coconut Wood Conditioner
The renewable alternative to hard wood
Our Belief in Design, Quality & Construction
Design and function are a top priority at Totally Bamboo; All of our designs are manufactured by highly skilled craftsmen who utilize traditional woodworking skills along with cutting edge engineering and machinery.
- Color of Bamboo: We do not use artificial dyes or stains. Our bamboo comes in two colors, light and dark.
(Note: Light is the natural color of the bamboo. *Dark is a richer, honey color, which is achieved by cooking or steaming the bamboo, and caramelizes the natural sugars in the fiber. This color is permanent and will not fade or wash out.)
- Grain of Bamboo: There are three types: Vertical grain, Flat grain and End grain.
(Note: Vertical grain is approximately 1/4" wide and is taken from the side of the split pole. *Flat grain is approximately 5/8" wide and is taken from the face of the pole. *End grain is the cross section of the pole.)
- Adhesives in our bamboo: We had a chemist develop a high grade, non-toxic, FDA approved, food safe glue which we use exclusively in the manufacturing of all our bamboo products.
In addition to the high standards for design and engineering, our factories adhere to stringent protocol, for curing and processing of the raw bamboo, resulting in the highest quality product attainable. We only use premium grade bamboo and then, only the lower portion of the pole due to its increased density. The forests from which we source our bamboo are designated for commercial harvesting and not a food source or habitat for the wild Great Panda. And because the welfare of our planet and the animals and people on it are our top priority, we partner with factories that are ISO 9001 compliant - a rating system which monitors non-polluting environmental issues and employee welfare, safety and minimum age.
Authentic Products & Exemplary Customer Service
When you order a Totally Bamboo product, be sure it is authentic! Look for our logo which is permanently laser etched into almost every item. While our products are manufactured in China, our headquarters and warehouses are located in San Marcos, California, and everything ships from this location! Do not be fooled by products which claim to be made by Totally Bamboo, that look similar to ours or have packaging that resembles ours.
We believe in taking care of our customers – your support and loyalty is critical to our success! We provide exemplary customer service, putting us above the competition. We stand by the quality of our products and we will do whatever it takes to make you happy if you have an issue. This is the basis of our customer satisfaction policy and we look forward to providing you with beautiful, durable and functional bamboo products for your entire home.
About Our Bamboo
Bamboo is 16% harder than maple wood (commonly used for cutting boards), 33% lighter weight than oak and yet can be as strong as steel. It holds the promise of a sustainable, cost effective, durable and ecologically responsible alternative to a material that is a bi-product of widespread clear cutting of old growth, hard wood forests.
Bamboo is a grass which grows to a harvestable height of 60 feet in three to five years; growing as much as two feet per day! The extensive root system stabilizes the ground in which it grows and continually sends up new shoots, naturally replenishing itself. Bamboo does not require replanting after harvest, making it one of the most renewable resources in the world. Moso, the bamboo species used at Totally Bamboo, can be re-harvested every 4 ½ years, compared to the 30-60 year growth cycle for most hard woods.
Totally Bamboo products are made from a bamboo commonly referred to as Moso, which is grown 500k west of Shanghai in China. This region has a temperate climate which is optimal for slower growing bamboo and therefor produces a much denser, harder and more durable stalk. This type of bamboo absorbs very little moisture and consequently reduces shrinkage or swelling in the finished product, making it a superior material for cutting boards and other kitchen and household items.
The Totally Bamboo Story
Many years ago, in a nook in the 'NoHo' Arts District of North Hollywood, California, Tom Sullivan & Joanne Chen owned and operated a small design and manufacturing studio. Their focus was on the design and manufacture of luxury customized director chairs for the movie industry. In their quest for a lighter weight, but sturdy and durable chair, they experimented with bamboo, long known for its strength to weight ratio. The resulting chair was not only lighter but substantially stronger than the oak originally used for their director’s chairs.
Intrigued with this renewable, ecologically friendly material, as well their desire to use every scrap from the manufacturing of the chairs, they set out to design various houseware products using their 'engineered bamboo'. In doing so, the world's first bamboo cutting board was developed! Bamboo, they discovered, is harder than maple, making it the perfect cutting board surface.
Shortly thereafter, Totally Bamboo was born. Launching as the premiere manufacturer for bamboo houseware products; offering everything from cutting & serving boards, salad bowls, salt boxes, cooking & serving utensils to the original Hollywood chairs.
Totally Bamboo has changed the way the world uses bamboo, as a viable alternative to our precious hardwood trees.
No old growth forests are touched.
No trees are cut.
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From the original bamboo cutting board company, Totally Bamboo, this cutting board is a beautiful, functional, ecologically sound addition to any kitchen. Bamboo is 16% harder than maple, making it an excellent cutting surface. Bamboo is actually a grass that grows to a harvestable height of 60 feet in about 3 to 5 years, growing as much as 2 feet per day. It has an extensive root system that continually sends up new shoots, naturally replenishing itself. It does not require replanting, making it one of the most renewable resources known. Totally Bamboo uses 'Moso' timber bamboo which is neither a food source nor a habitat for the Giant Panda. Totally Bamboo's cutting boards are assembled with approved food-grade glue -- none of their products are made with formaldehyde-based glue. No dyes or stains are used in the manufacturing process. The pleasing designs are created by combining originally-colored bamboo with steamed bamboo, which darkens due to caramellized sugars within the wood. Totally Bamboo prides itself on using only premium hand-selected bamboo, innovative design, exemplary craftmanship, and fair labor policies.
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August 2014 - I started noticing cracks in the board (see 1st pic). I wondered how long it would last for.
January 2015 - board finally fell apart. (see 2nd pic)
Product NOT recommended!!!! Invest in a better cutting board. It'll save you money in the long run! Remember to oil your boards as well!
What I like about it:
1. It's the perfect size - it's large enough to be able to cut and chop comfortably, but still not too big to take up all the counter space
2. It's the perfect weight and thickness - I've had several bamboo boards before, and the problem was they were too thin, and they warped no matter how many mineral oil treatments I made or how careful I was not to leave water on them. In opposition, a big wooden board I had was so heavy that I repeatedly avoided using it, just because my arm would hurt. But not anymore! This Totally Bamboo Kauai Cutting Board is just right: thick enough not to warp, light enough to be able to use it.
3. It looks beautiful - I treated it with mineral oil in the beginning, as per instructions; the board looks beautiful and I expect some good years of use out of it.
4. It won't dull knives - the board will get some cuts and scratches, for sure, but the good news is, the board is soft enough so it won't dull my knives.
5. It's ecological and naturally anti-microbial.
I am really pleased with this bamboo board, would certainly recommend it.
I highly recommend this board for a sensible kitchen addition.
This board is nice and light, yet is sturdy enough for large cuts of meat and small turkeys. The groves are perfect, contain the juices and keep the board clear.
Remember to season these boards with bamboo oil, as this helps to seal and then clean up with warm soapy water is a snap.
For those who are complaining about the size, the dimensions are correctly stated in the description - 10 x 7.2 x .8 inches, which if you think about it is just slightly smaller than a piece of letter sized paper. I do take care to hand wash it, as water+heat+wood (as in a dishwasher) seems like a recipe for wood warping disaster. That said, the board is very attractive, has a nice solid feel to it, and looks just like the pic with the variation of grain. This is my first bamboo board; I was skeptical how one would be, but now after using this for year I'm certainly sold on bamboo as a cutting board. Nothing's come off of it visibly so far, but it's nice to know that if little chunks of the board accidentally do make it to the food, it's natural fiber, and not plastic that we'll be eating.
If you're on the fence about using bamboo in the kitchen for the first time, I'd suggest getting this to test out since it's pretty inexpensive. After doing the same, I'm all for bamboo kitchen use in general - several bamboo spoons that I got around the same time for cooking are also working great (they're in heavy rotation), and as for the board, I'm definitely getting another.
Once the rough edges were cleaned off I finished oiling it without any problem and now it looks great and is protected from moisture too.
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oil very nicely and east to clean.