Saturday, September 18, 2010

Epicurean Product Review

Epicurean Cutting Surface (cutting board) knife-friendly, dishwasher safe, NSF certified, heat resistant.

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My husband and I love gadgets.  We especially love kitchen gadgets.  When we lived in Tracy, CA, we would often go to the Corning store at the Outlet Mall Shop and browse for new and cool kitchen gadgets.  We have not found a store in Oklahoma City that we can embrace like we did that store.  So, we got the idea several years ago, after moving our business to Oklahoma that we would like to add kitchen tools and gadgets to our line of home products.  We got close to a couple of product lines, but for one reason or another (and one reason was because all the company's products were made in China) we kept declining to carry their products. 

We have since having that initial idea moved our retail store to another location in Oklahoma City and have changed the name to A Cleaner Place to reflect that we are a Home Store, not just a vacuum store. I have been researching and looking for made in the USA kitchen tools and gadgets.  I came across a company, Epicurean, and on a recent trip to the Minneapolis Gift Mart, we got to see their products in person.  With my husband being from Minnesota and Epicurean being made in Duluth, MN, we decided it was a perfect fit.  
Epicurean was born out of TrueRide Inc., a respected design and build contractor specializing in custom municipal skate parks. In an effort to reduce senseless waste from TrueRide’s excess material used in skate park construction, Epicurean was founded and introduced a new line of professional-grade cutting surfaces for the residential kitchen.

This weekend I brought home one of the cutting surfaces to try.  I love cutting on it!    After putting it through a cycle in the dishwasher, all I can say is Wow!  Kind to my knives, eco-friendly, sustainable, made in USA, backed by the National Sanitary Foundation, this nonporous cutting surface will be easy to clean and will not harbor bacteria.  

Epicurean® understands the relationship between the products we manufacture and the environment we all live in. By purchasing Epicurean® products you are making a consumer statement and showing your commitment to green products and green business practices. Epicurean® is dedicated to creating long lasting products that are manufactured with sustainable manufacturing practices and made from sustainable materials. Epicurean’s internal ECO initiative is a process in which we look for areas in our business and products that are lacking in greenness and we consciously make a change to make it greener. See below for initiatives we are currently utilizing to reduce the footprint Epicurean® is making on this planet.

Epicurean® composite is Greenguard certified. The Greenguard Certification ProgramSM is an industry-independent, third-party testing program for low-emitting products and materials. The first Greenguard Certification was awarded in the fall of 2002. To date, more than 100 manufacturers across various industries offer Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified® Products.

All cutting surface material waste generated from the manufacture of Epicurean® cutting surfaces is used to generate electricity at a local power plant. Epicurean products are packaged with as little packaging as required to safely get the product to your door. We use recycled cardboard boxes and recycled cardboard padding inside the box. All packaging can again be recycled by you. No water is used during the fabrication process. All Point of Purchase display fixtures are made with 100% recycled HDPE plastic.

Epicurean's® material is classified green in large part because the raw material used is derived from renewable or recycled resources. Managed and sustainable forests, habitat conservation efforts, along with prudent manufacturing practices are just some of the environmental mandates that go into the product. During the saturation and drying process, over 99% of the volatile organic compounds are incinerated. The heat from that incineration is used for the drying process to minimize thermal pollution. There is no hazardous waste generated in the process.

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