"Cutting Boards"

By KBJR News 1

April 21, 2011 Updated Apr 21, 2011 at 9:22 AM CDT

What do kitchen cutting boards and skateboard parks have in common? Generally not much!

But in this week's "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes a look at a Duluth Company that brings the skate park into the kitchen.

Skateboarders know that the ramps they hit need to be durable and sturdy so they can successfully land their jumps.

But those who put the park together also had another goal...to use material that's not only strong but also green. Then to take it a jump further the park creators decided to use this strong, environmentally friendly wood for another purpose.

"Instead of throwing it away we created a product from it and selling it," said Tony Ciardelli. Epicurean Cutting Surfaces.

What they're selling is a durable, earth friendly cutting board, using extra material from the skate park.

"The material that goes into the paper lodgepole, spruce, pine, and some hardwoods. That's what gives us the pulp to make the paper. Then we have an ecobined resin that is approved by the National Sanitary Foundation for food safe and we also have a Green Guard Certification on that process as well", said Tony.

Epicurean Cutting Surfaces was awarded the Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Award last year for the company's efforts.
Since then Epicurean has incorporated a new, reclaimed material, from a different source.

"The material inside is 100 percent recycled milk jugs", said Tony.

A company dedicated to re–using, recycling and environmentally friendly products. For your Green Life, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

Epicurean cutting boards are now sold in 50 countries worldwide.