I always knew that bamboo was "eco-friendly" but I never really understood why until I came across Core Bamboo. They make all sorts of bamboo kitchenware like trays, bowls, cutting boards, cooking utensils etc... The colors are magnificent and could find a place in any color themed kitchen. So, now for the education part. Bamboo (a member of the grass family) grows to 60-70 feet within 4 years. The bamboo is harvested at 70 feet and the root system automatically regenerates itself. It's naturally anti-microbial (meaning bacteria resistant) and is 16% stronger than Maple and 33% lighter than Oak in weight. All that makes for some pretty GREEN stuff! Check out Core Bamboo's selection.