Emile’s Bamboo Dinnerware Sets are stunning sets by designer Emile O’Connor. These items can be bought separately (like salad bowls) or as beautiful sets in various colourful designs. This Dugong Set includes a large salad bowl with chopping board lid and servers, 4 plates and 4 cuts. Dugongs are similar to manatees (‘sea cows’ in Florida and the Caribbean). Both species are endangered. For how to help, visit Dugong Conservation and Save the Manatees (boating tips).
Bamboo is the world’s fastest-growing grass (industrial bamboo should not be taken from panda habitats) and naturally anti-bacterial and biodegradable. Of course it’s not local, but for now it’s one of the best alternatives to bone china. It does not like water however. So don’t leave these items to soak in the sink, or you may return to find they’ve disappeared! Other biodegradable items used to make crockery include sugar cane and palm leaf (waste from fallen leaves).
Many dinnerware items and cups are made from bone china, which literally does come from cow and pig skeletons. And not necessarily as a by-product of the meat industry, some animals are killed, just to make these items. There’s no need. If you need a nice no-bone mug for your coffee, Greta Loves Mabel makes a good one, with profits helping animal sanctuaries.
About the Maker
Emile O’Connor studied design at Central St Martins, before working as a set designer and stylist on TV commercials. After moving to Australia, she saw the damage being done to the oceans by modern life, and now creates eco-friendly designer home goods, with 5% profits donated to Surfers Against Sewage.