Husk Table Ware by OLPRO*

Monday, 23 November 2015

* I was sent these products to review and have given my honest thoughts on them, all opinions are mine and mine alone.

Olpro is a leading UK camping and outdoor equipment manufacturer who is launching a new range of eco-friendly, microwaveable tableware which is created from rice husk, they have created this September. I was lucky enough to receive two husk break time beakers, other products from the range include mugs, tumblers, plates, cutlery, bowls and sets of round or rectangular storage, they also come with kitchen accessories. These products will be available to buy in complete sets as well as individual items, the prices range from £2.99 for a tumbler to £34.999 for a set of storage boxes, the complete set is £58.99, these beakers I received are currently on sale for £4.19 (was £5.99).

The great thing about these products is that they are created from discarded rice following the rice harvest, this makes the husk products very environmentally friendly and biodegradable. They are very affordable and can be used safely in the microwave, unlike any melamine tableware.

Rice Husk is an agricultural waste, annually our worlds rice production is about 500 million tons, of this, the ratio of rice husk to rice is about 1:4 which is equivalent to about 125 million tons of rice husks produced a year (that's a lot!). this makes it a perfect alternative to plastic products as plastic can take up to thousands of years to bio-grade in a natural environment, this produces poisonous toxins and particles will also be released into the ground over time. But by switching to a product like Husks, it can be turned into natural compost in about 90+ days. What does this mean? Using Husks can revive waste, instead of deposing of the 125 million tons husks as agricultural wastes the husks are revived into an entirely new product, giving it a new lease off life on earth as a natural material dining ware. Reduced pollution; burning the agricultural waste can be toxic and releases substances such as sulfur dioxide, silicon dioxide, and inhalable particles into the air we breathe and this contributes to the global warming effect. It's Reusable, A lot of the time once a person has used a plastic container it's thrown away and they end up in landfills. These materials take between hundreds and thousands of years to bio-degrade as I said before, whereas OLPRO Husk products are durable and can be reused for many many years. The material contains 80% Husks and 20% starch, which means it is easily biodegradable when it ends up in landfills after completing its life-cycle. By using products like this it helps to conserve our natural racecourses such as oil, metal, wood, and water. Hopefully, this will create a new demand, meaning products made from agricultural waste create new demands for more biodegradable products which in turn help our economy. These beakers hold in heat very well and I love how simplistic they are, as you can see I mixed and matched mine in the last picture. The hand grip comes off so you can clean it separately, why not check out OLPRO's products HERE.