There’s little that bamboo can’t do. It replants itself, requires little water and no fertilizers, and grows at a rate of up to 40 inches a day.
It can also be fashioned into gorgeous tableware, like this elegant, hand-turned salad bowl from Bambu, a fair-trade company that specializes in products made from renewable materials. The bowl’s elegant golden brown color comes from a “carbonizing” process that allows the natural sugars in the plant to darken the surface; no toxic wood stains or dyes required. $58 at www.mightynest.com.