This is NOT a sponsored post! 🙂
When tested with an XRF instrument this small Tunisian olive wood bowl from Trader Joe’s had the following readings:
- Bromine (Br): 5 +/- 1 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 12 +/- 8 ppm
It was non-detect (Negative) for the following metals:
As with all of the test results reported on my blog, testing was done for a minimum of 60 seconds unless otherwise noted. Tests were also repeated multiple times to confirm the results. Test results are science-based, accurate and replicable and were done using an XRF instrument testing in “Consumer Goods Mode.”
I think this is a lovely environmentally conscious gift for the following reasons:
- It is negative for heavy metals.
- It’s handmade.
- It is inexpensive.
- You can buy it locally at a Trader Joe’s store and don’t have to incur the cost and environmental impact of individualized shipping.
- It’s made of solid natural wood, nothing else (except the removable sticker on the bottom which is – unfortunately – plastic.)
- It will last for a very long time if cared for properly.
- It has myriad uses! (a great little place to put keys or rings or change – whatever you might use a pretty little bowl like this for!)
- It can be composted at the end of its life (I recommend caring for it with olive oil, not mineral oil!)
- From the labeling it appears that it was made from end-of-life (non-producing) trees.
I LOVE olive wood!
When I went to Greece for my honeymoon with my ex-husband in May of 1994 little bowls and other functional and decorative items made of olive wood were everywhere AND inexpensive. I think (back then) these little bowls cost 50 cents or a dollar each and I brought home a whole suitcase full to give to friends as gifts. Fast forward 25 years and I still think these are a great choice, especially from the perspective of an environmentalist!
Thanks for reading and happy shopping!
As always, please let me know if you have any questions!