The topic of sustainability and wellness has been in the limelight over the past few years. Thus, consumers are gravitating toward materials that remind them of nature in all its forms. At a time like this, conventional catering is compelled to reinvent itself, and that’s where spun bamboo tableware comes in.
What Is Spun Bamboo?
Bamboo, known as green steel for its durability, is among the fastest-growing plants on Earth. Bamboo can regrow to its adult size in just 3-5 years. This plant is naturally mold-resistant, and does not require any fertilizers or pesticides. Bamboo is native to tropical and temperate climates and is most commonly found in Asia and South America.
Spun bamboo, also called ‘Coiled bamboo’, is an 800-year-old handicraft technique that derives from Vietnam to make homewares. It is called spun bamboo in that slats of bamboo are literally spun and then glued to create exquisite round shapes. Spun bamboo material is produced exclusively from the Nua (Neuhouzeaua Dullooa) variety which often grows in the highlands and delta areas of Vietnam, particularly in the Northern provinces such as Thanh Hoa, Nghe An.
Key Features of Spun Bamboo
Bamboo fibers are anti-bacterial in nature and require no toxic treatments, thereby preventing bacteria and microbes from growing on bamboo products. This property makes spun bamboo an ideal fit for naturally hygienic products like utensils, bowls, plates, and much more.
In addition, spun bamboo possesses outstanding strength and lifespan, so consumers can rest assured that, with proper care, it will certainly stand the test of time. It is not only suitable for use indoors but also elegant and durable enough for outdoor gatherings. Specifically, spun bamboo bowls as well as other homewares can last up to 3–5 years of use and more if given with proper care.
Once carefully crafted, spun bamboo possesses a smooth finish. That’s why it is used in various decorative household products such as bamboo utensils, bamboo trays with handles, and spun bamboo vases.
In view of the aesthetic qualities, it is worthwhile to further explore its application in larger interior design objects such as bamboo plant pots indoor and bamboo lamp shade for table lamp. Bamboo toothbrushes, combs, and other items are also growing in popularity. Wholesale bamboo fiber salad tableware, in particular, is also a great choice as they come in various sizes and pave the way for a greener future.
How Are Wholesale Bamboo Fiber Salad Tableware Made?
After being harvested, the raw bamboo is chopped into pieces of about 1 meter for easier transportation. The fresh pieces are then submerged in water for 3-4 months to become softer and resist molds and termites. Next, they are exposed to the sun to fully dry and subsequently stored for gradual production. The bamboo processing stage will have the effect on products’ coloring, as well as preventing warping.
Depending on the dimension of the desired product, bamboo pieces are split into small slats with widths ranging from 1-2 cm. After that, only the middle parts are retained and bent into curved rings over a wood or ceramic mold.
Molding/ Shape Making
The bamboo slats are then soaked with PVA glue, skillfully spun into flat forms, and fixed by steel outer rings. Once this is completed, they are bent with wooden or cement molds to frame the basic shape of the final product and are then dried in the sun.
Like many Vietnamese handicraft products, the molds undergo a planning process to ensure it has a smooth surface. This entire process is usually carried out in the spun bamboo handicraft village households.
Once the spun bamboo product