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Ultra-light and super strong this dishwasher-safe GreenLite utility board from Totally Bamboo is designed by adding stylish functionality to your kitchen. It's crafted from mountain grown, naturally occurring bamboo and is free from formaldehyde based adhesives, dyes, or stains.
Harder than maple, this bamboo board is easy on your knives, and it has gently curved corners and sides for a distinctive look. It measures just 3/8 of an inch thin, making it easy to maneuver from one countertop to the next and easily storable. This extra-large board measures 20-1/2 by 14-1/2 inches and the cutting area is framed by a shallow reservoir to collect excess liquids to control mess. It also includes a hole in one corner for hanging and handling (see more about GreenLite cutting board features in this larger image).
Best of all, this GreenLite bamboo board can be cleaned and sanitized in your dishwasher. Featuring Totally Bamboo's innovative TriPly construction, this board uses a proprietary food-grade adhesive that withstands high temperature washings without compromising its durability or quality. Alternatively, you can also hand wash this board in warm water with a mild detergent.
Totally Bamboo's GreenLite boards need to be oiled regularly to maintain their rich bamboo hue. For optimal appearance, you can use the specially formulated Totally Bamboo Revitalizing Oil (available separately) after each wash to extend the life of the board and keep it looking beautiful. Just apply a generous amount of the mineral oil to your board and spread it with a soft cloth (leaving it overnight if possible). Then, simply rinse before using.
Bamboo is actually a grass that grows to a harvestable height of 60 feet in about three to five years, growing as much as two 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.
After harvesting, bamboo grows back and can be re-harvested every 4-1/2 years--compared to the 30- to 60-year growth cycle of most hardwoods. Bamboo holds the promise of a sustainable, cost effective and ecologically responsible alternative to the widespread clear cutting of our world's precious timberland.
Bamboo is harder and denser than most hard woods, it is 16 percent harder than maple, which is the most common wood used for most cutting boards. Totally Bamboo uses the "Moso" Chinese mountain timber bamboo species, which is not a food source, or a habitat, for the Giant Panda.
Flattened strips of the timber undergo a series of specialized procedures to sterilize and cure them, which further tightens and tempers the bamboo to the perfect hardness. The bamboo strips are never colored or stained; their dark rich color presents itself when the natural sugars of the wood are caramelized with heat during the curing process producing the permanent honey color of the boards.
Totally Bamboo uses only premium grade bamboo and then, only the lower portion of each pole because it is much denser. Its factory adheres to a very stringent protocol for curing and processing, resulting in the highest quality product attainable. And it's ISO 9001 compliant which is a rating system covering non-polluting environmental issues and employee welfare, safety, and minimum age.
Highly skilled craftsmen thoroughly fine sand Totally Bamboo's cutting boards for a silky smooth touch. For adhering the multiple layers of the bamboo--which is a notoriously difficult material to glue--Totally Bamboo worked with a chemist to develop a high-grade, non-toxic food grade glue (without use of formaldehyde) that is both safe and highly durable.
While operating a small design and manufacturing studio that focused on luxury customized director chairs for the movie industry, Tom Sullivan and Joanne Chen experimented with bamboo in its chairs and found them to be not only lighter but much stronger than the oak they had previously used. Intrigued with using such a renewable material they set out to design various house ware products using their "engineered bamboo" and in doing so, developed the world's first bamboo cutting board. Today, Totally Bamboo is the premier manufacturer for bamboo housewares products--from cutting boards to salad bowls and plates.