Casabella's Biodegradable Kitchen Organizers

International Home and Housewares Show 2008

Organic and sustainable ingredients have been a focus in our kitchens for years. Now, at this year's Home and Housewares Show here in Chicago, we're seeing manufacturers launching lines of eco-friendly kitchen tools.

These new biodegradable kitchen organizers from Casabella's Clean look elegant and will be truly useful. The line, including a dish drainer, a cutlery holder and a soap dish made from bioplastics, a biodegradable product made from corn starch.

Casabella told us this line only comes in this white color for now because adding toxic pigments to the corn starch material could destroy the environmentally-friendly properties of the line. The line is certified for biodegradability under multiple international standards. (Warm whites like the color used in the Casabella Clean line is another color trend here.)

We're mindful that products like these as well as ethanol production divert corn from use in food products and livestock. That's pushing up food prices. Still we appreciate the innovation and are glad to see some green options available for our kitchens.

The greenest product of all is not buying anything at all of course, so we were glad to see that Casabella focused on greening kitchen essentials -- products that we all really need to keep out kitchens organized and functional. Casabella's cutlery holder especially appealed to us because that's an item that we'd appreciate the ability to discard of in an green way after four or five years of hard use. Once they get chipped and cruddy with years of daily use, we'd be glad to ditch it with a clean conscience and start fresh.

Cooks with small kitchens and cooks who cook for one or two should check out the dish drainer from this line. It has a 10.5" x 15.25" footprint, making it the smallest design-forward dish drainer we've seen here. If you don't have much space to dry your dishes, check out this product.

This line will start shipping to stores later this month. Casabella is meeting with retailer buyers at the show and has not announced what retailers will carry the line yet. (We're looking at you, Whole Foods. C'mon, you already carry so much Casabella stuff, this would be great for you!). We're hoping to get this line in our kitchen to test soon.

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