LEAVES OF NATURE - A U G U S T 2 0 2 1 | I S S U E N O . 1

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Plastic  and  its  manifold  derivatives  have  become  a  household name in the previous few decades, becoming synonymous with easy-to-attain, easy-to-maintain products within and beyond the kitchen. However, issues ranging from harmful health concerns to environmental repercussions of plastic usage came to light.

 Because of this, a growing percentage of the world have begun to shift their attention to more ‘plastic-savvy’ materials and lifestyle approaches in the kitchen, from familiarizing themselves with recyclable  or  reusable  plastics   to   viable   biodegradable alternatives.

Amongst the various  replacements  finding  a  spotlight  in  the  face of this change are glass items, metal cooking utensils, compostable/biodegradable substances like fiber and more specifically, wood like that from the neem tree.




"What nature destroys, it can just as easily nurture."

The neem tree has been part of medicinal history dating back almost 5000 years and its potency has only been enhanced since.

Over the years, these  trees  were  discovered  to house almost 130 naturally  healthy  compounds within its bark,  stem  and  roots.  Today,  every  part of the neem tree has been shown to have uses in the cosmetic industry  for  its  antifungal  properties as well as the healthcare industry as an important contributor to Ayurvedic treatment.

These  properties  contribute  to  Neem  wood  being an obviously healthier alternative  to  plastic cookware.  The  production  process  is  also  much less damaging to the environment- which means wooden cookware production does not result in dangerous chemical byproduct  pollution  or  traces of toxins on the surface.

Owing to its large handmade production (  for instance,  traditional  artisans  from  West  Bengal) and the durability  of  the  wood  itself,  these  pieces of cookware are  also  highly  scratch-resistant, helping  it  stick  around  in  the  kitchen  counter much longer than a plastic utensil. Another major concern about plastic cookware  is  the  fear  of harmful chemicals leaching into food  from  the plastic- with  wooden  cookware,  that  would  not  be a concern at all.

Plastic cookware and utensils are slowly becoming a thing of the past- kitchen counters and shelves today are showing a conscious shift away from the miracle polymer to the miracle tree, an ecofriendly and marginally more sustainable decision for the society of today and tomorrow. 




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