Rice husk – why is it so cool?

My recent (online) discovery: cutting boards and other tableware made of rice husk! Why is it so cool?

rice husk_husk's ware_sustainicaPlastic takes up to 1,000,000 years to decompose in natural environment. Imagine our landfills where plastic dining wares (you know – from BBQ parties, campings and household stuff) are left to biodegrade naturally. Poisonous toxins and particles will also be released into the ground over time.

By switching to natural plant materials like rice husks (rice hulls), these materials can be turned into natural compost after just 180 days. Producing materials out of natural plant materials also uses up to 70% less CO2 to produce than conventional plastic.

From paddy fields to homes

Rice husk is an agricultural waste. Annually, the world’s rice production is approximately 500 million tons. Of this, the ratio of rice husk to rice is approximately 1:4, which is equivalent to about 125 million tons of rice husks produced each year.

A common practice in many countries is burning of rice husks in the fields to remove what has accumulated after harvest, causing severe air pollution which produces large amount of carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide and destroys the soil structure. It also poses a danger to farmers whose homes are susceptible to catching fire when strong wind blows.

Here it comes

The company Husk’s Ware has a recycling process, where the rice husks are transformed to become natural and eco-friendly dining ware, cutlery and other kitchen ware that do not contain any harmful substances.

They believe in creating a safe environment for you, which is why they chose to craft products out of the humble rice husk. This was for me a breakthrough and since the beginning, this hardy product of nature has allowed them to create high quality, eco-friendly and toxic-free products.

Husks Ware products are developed based on the commitment of delivering safe, environmentally-responsible products to homes across the world. As I do believe in their mission I decided to make some of these products available in Germany!

More details to follow soon… : )

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