Coconut bowls are a fantastic natural, eco-friendly product that is sustainably produced and delightfully unique.
So how are they made? Do different brands make them differently? And why use coconut bowls in the first place? Let’s dive right in!
Most coconut bowls, including the ones made by Jungle Culture are produced in one small place in the world. Hailed as the coconut region of Vietnam, ‘Ben Tre’ is where a lot of the world’s coconuts are farmed.
The vast majority of coconuts that are farmed in Ben Tre are used for their oils, milks and meat. In times gone by the shells were simply burned at the end of every harvest to make room for the new crops. But this has changed with the advent of coconut bowls!
Now, instead of wasting the bowls. Farmers can make use of them by removing the meat and the husk and smoothening the sides down.
Once smoothened the bowls are sent to local artisan workshops where they are further shaped and engraved with various patterns or logos.
This is pretty much start to finish how a coconut bowl is created! Amazingly natural right?
So, do different brands make them in different ways? How do we know which brand to buy from?
The answer is that most brands make coconut bowls in the same way, but the difference is found in the thickness and quality of the coconut.
Coconut shells come in an array of different shapes and sizes. Some have a thin crust, whilst others are thick, sturdy and durable. The trick to making a long-lasting and beautiful coconut bowl is finding a farm that produces thick and strong coconuts.
Before you buy a set of coconut bowls… read some reviews and do your research! Bowls made in Indonesia or China are normally made using a different species of coconut that isn’t well suited to bowls. Vietnamese coconuts however are famed for their durability.
So why should I use coconut bowls in the first place? What makes them better than say ceramic or metal bowls?
Coconut bowls are made by farmers in impoverished conditions and buying them supports communities that desperately need help in order to develop. Your purchase is really important to these farmers for the stability of their livelihoods.
Aside from this coconut bowls are no better than ceramic bowls! Ceramic bowls are great! But you don’t need to choose one or the other. You can support the farmers in Vietnam and your local ceramic workshop and have a collection of beautiful bowls for your home!
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