While at the Green Products Expo in New York a couple of weeks ago, we were given a few Epicurean cutting boards to bring back to AT's Soho office. Needless to say, the boards were a HUGE hit among AT staffers. We first saw the cutting boards back in October at the International Housewares Association, and here's why we love them...
Epicurean cutting boards are made up of layers of paper soaked with phenolic resin and bonded with each other to create a solid, durable sheet. The end result is an exceptionally strong and natural-looking cutting board — like wood, and yet better.
So, what makes Epicurean boards so great?
• They're made in the USA from trees harvested under the North America Sustainability Forestry Standards.
• At least 60% of the energy used in production is renewable energy.
• They can be cleaned in the dishwasher.
• They have nonporous surfaces that won't harbor bacteria, as approved by the National Sanitary Foundation.
• They will not dull your knives, which means less sharpening.
• They resist staining and dulling and do not require oiling or bleaching.
• They have built-in utility holes for easy hanging.
• They are heat-resistant up to 350 degrees, so they can be used as a trivet without damaging the board.
Other products in the Epicurean line include the Gripper Series for serious countertop control, the popular Pizza Peel, and the Modular Series (perhaps our other favorite) which has a large flat prep area on one board and a dual purpose juice run and bread surface on the other.
In particular, Epicurean's Recycled Series is made from 100% recycled cardboard. We have two of the large 17x14 sizes, which we keep on our counter (partly to cover up our ugly countertop!). It does slide around a little bit, so we can see the advantage of having the Gripper Series. But we definitely notice the difference in the knife handling: it doesn't "grab" the knife, so to speak, when you cut into it, like our other bamboo board. Also, we've noticed how it doesn't retain odors, which is a definite plus.
Epicurean is also a sister company to Loll Designs, and together their mantra is "diversification with a purpose." Both companies work to be efficient and responsible in their use and reuse of manufacturing materials to reduce unnecessary waste — and that's definitely something we can get behind.