Wood-plastic composites are making their way into consumers' kitchens.
At the recent International Housewares Show in Chicago, Boston Warehouse Trading Corp. of Norwood, Mass., launched an earth-friendly line of kitchen tools made of a recycled plastic and wood blend.
The line, called The Greens, consists of 10 meal-preparation and kitchen tools. Featuring attractive and functional design, each piece has been given a first name Green, of course is the family name and personality that matches its appearance.
For instance, Josie Green's beehive hairdo serves as an ice cream scoop and her clothing is a soft-grip handle. Veggie peeler Brandon Green isn't always the sharpest knife in the drawer, but give him a peel-related task and he gets it done, company literature says.
Also included in the collection are the Squeakie Green bottle opener, Sud Green dish brush, Gaby Green cheese grater, Opie Green wine bottle opener, Mayor Corey Green apple corer, Marshall Green potato masher, Pepper Green pizza cutter and Joyce Green citrus reamer.
The bright-colored products are imported from China, according to marketing manager David Heckert.
The Greens items sell for $5 per piece.