Jungle Culture (as you may have noticed!) is one of my favourite brands of Zero Waste / Eco products – since I did a Bamboo Week (Following World Bamboo Day 18th September 2021), in which I reviewed 2 of their bamboo products (#PlantBamboo for Straws & #PlantBamboo for Cutlery), then Sarah did a review of their super safety razors (Product Review: Jungle Culture Safety Razor) I have had to refrain from talking about them for a while, otherwise you would think I was biased!
However, I really want to talk to you about their Coconut Shell Bowls today… These are something which I truly use on a daily basis, and have enjoyed eating out of!
Jungle Culture Coconut Shell Bowls
Jungle Culture eco-friendly coconut bowls are completely natural and organic. Their coconut bowls come from the Bên Tre region in Southern Vietnam. In Vietnam this region is famed for it’s coconut farms and for years local farmers have made a living by harvesting coconuts for their milks, oils and other by-products.
The vast majority of coconuts produced in Ben Tre are harvested for their by-products. Once the coconut milk and meat has been removed, the shells are typically discarded or burned by local villagers. Using the shells to create natural bowls is a practical and environmentally friendly way to utilise existing resources and stop unnecessary burning.
This however meant that the coconut shells were considered waste, and along with the trees they were burned every year to make room for new trees and new coconuts to grow. Coconut bowls and spoons have allowed local farmers to earn an extra, well-needed income and with etched bowls local craftsmen are also able to benefit. Buying coconut bowls also ensures that less trees and less coconuts are burned.
The invention of coconut bowls has also allowed farmers in Ben Tre to make a much needed secondary income, as well as given them the impetus to employ local artists to create carved and patterned bowls.
Jungle Culture is committed to supporting and promoting small and rural manufacturers in developing communities, and they feel proud to be able to create jobs and opportunities for the people living in Ben Tre, whilst also helping in the fight against waste.
Jungle Culture coconut bowls are handpicked by their local agent in Ben Tre who travels between various coconut farms to choose only the thickest and most durable shells, ensuring that only a very small percentage of their bowls are broken in transit. This helps keep the total emissions cost of transporting the bowls to an absolute minimum.
Ben Tre is criss-crossed with small rivers, canals and streams, stemming from the Mekong river. This network of waterways provides an extensive organic irrigation system, allowing local farmers to grow crops with very little external water use.
On the other hand, this also means that the area is susceptible to flooding, with local climate change experts from the university of Can Tho predicting that if sea levels continue to rise, more than 50% of Ben Tre could end up underwater… A grave illustration of how important environmental issues are to this coastal community.
“Jungle Culture is all about human culture. From the farmers and artisans we work with in rural Vietnam, to the restaurants, independent brands, shops and customers we serve. We put as much care into forging a unity with our loyal tribe of partners as we do creating our zero waste and sustainable products.”Jungle Culture
My sustainable coconut bowl set has been used for a multitude of meals – from granola breakfasts to rice dishes, pasta to fruit. Jungle Culture coco bowls and spoons are 100% organic, plastic-free, zero waste and environmentally friendly! So whatever you put in your bowl, you can eat guilt-free in the knowledge that your wooden bowls were sourced in an ethical way!
Other Useful Information
How long do coconut bowls last?
Organic coconut bowls are completely natural. No chemicals or treatment of any kind are used to produce them. This is fantastic news, but it also means that coconut bowls need some extra love and care to keep them looking good for longer! The definitive answer is that if you take care of your bowls, wash them gently by hand and polish them once in a while then they will last you a lifetime. Read more here.
How to care for your coconut bowls
As hand washing them with warm, soapy water (Dishwashers can damage them!) – if you are unsure about how to care for them, Jungle Culture have written a “How to clean coconut bowls” article so that your bowls will last a lot longer!
5 Simple & healthy smoothie bowl recipes for your coconut bowls!
Jungle Culture have chosen some healthy and easy to make recipes which you can find here.
“Jungle Culture’s philosophy is to inspire people to see the beauty & purpose in nature. We create earth-friendly and functional goods sourced directly from independent artisans & makers from all over the world. We believe in fair and honest manufacturing and care deeply about building relationships with the local communities that we work alongside.”Jungle Culture