serve up stylish springtime sustainability…

Spring is here, time to dust off the patio furniture and get ready for warmer, sunnier weather! It’s a perfect time for parties as well—from the first day of spring to Easter and Mother’s Day and more, there’s always a reason to celebrate.

For a fresh new look, embrace natural woods to bring the warmth and beauty of nature to your table. Wood serving pieces have come a long way from what you may remember from the past. Today’s pieces are sustainably harvested, protecting both the planet and the people. The heavy finishes of yesterday have been replaced with easy-care, nontoxic surfaces and oil-rubbed finishes.

Mango wood is harvested from trees at the end of their fruit-bearing lives then handcrafted into stunning, natural mango wood bowls to grace your table. The roots of the Shan Mu fir, left over from sustainable forestry operations, are removed to make reseeding and regrowth faster and easier. Instead of being discarded, artisans claim the gnarled roots and transform them into amazing pieces of serveware. Whatever the source, whether sustainably grown, or pieces repurposed from antique timbers, the beauty of natural wood is the perfect accent for your table.

In the past, people often avoided using their wood serving pieces because they believed caring for it was too big of a hassle. The truth is, wood pieces require simple, easy upkeep. Most wood serving pieces are best used for dry or slightly moist foods—like rice, or undressed salads. There are some, however, that are able to handle a dressed salad, or other “wet” foods. If in doubt, simply check for leaks the next time you wash your wood serving piece.

  • Wash your wood pieces soon after use; don’t fill them with water, or let them sit in water. Use a natural-bristle brush and mild soap to gently scrub the piece clean, then rinse well.
  • Wipe the wood dry with a clean towel, then allow to air dry completely.
  • Occasionally treat your wood with a food-safe oil or wax to help preserve the beautiful luster and protect against cracking.
  • Don’t store your wood pieces in places that have a wide temperature range like a garage or basement. Wood naturally expands and contracts with temperature changes, and that can lead to cracking.
  • Make sure there is air circulation around your wood pieces.

With proper care, a wood serving piece can last for generations. Now that’s sustainable style!

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