Recycled paper, flax, and cork are just some of the materials that comprise eco-friendly cutting boards. Here's a list of five materials worth keeping an eye out for, along with examples that are beautiful, durable, and in many cases, quite affordable. With so many options, there's sure to be a cutting board to suit every cook and kitchen. • 1 Recycled paper – We've written about PaperStone recycled paper counters; the same material can also be turned into durable cutting boards. Preserve's Paper Cutting Board ($12.99-24.99) is made in the USA from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and is dishwasher safe.
• 2 Recycled plastic – Cutting boards made from recycled plastic are affordable, lightweight, and easy to clean. ArchiTec's EcoSmart Cutting Board ($20.00 at Sur La Table; pictured above) is made in the USA and contains recycled food-grade polypropylene (#5 plastic) and flax husks. It's also dishwasher safe. Another option is the 100% recycled – and recyclable – plastic cutting board from Preserve ($10.99-14.99).
• 3 Reclaimed or salvaged wood – Scraps of wood that might otherwise go to waste can be turned into the most beautiful cutting boards. We recently wrote about WasteNotProducts' Salvaged Wood Cutting Boards ($20.00 at Etsy). Another favorite is Timeless Timber's Recovered Wood Cutting Board ($60.00 at Cambria Cove; pictured above), which is made in the USA from old-growth birch, maple, and other aged hardwoods recovered from the bottoms of lakes and rivers.
• 4 Sustainable wood – If you're going to buy new wood, look for materials that are sustainable and/or certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Bambu's Cutting Boards ($8.35-58.50; pictured above) are made from 100% organic bamboo. Though made in China, the company says it's committed to "socially responsible business practices." Also check out our previous features on cutting boards from Totally Bamboo and Proteak.
• 5 Cork – Cork is not only sustainable but also anti-bacterial and self-healing, making it ideal for cutting boards. Crate & Barrel's Cork Cutting Board ($12.95) is made in the USA from the scraps of wine corks.
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