MATERIAL

 
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RICHLITE

Richlite is the material from which Epicurean makes its products. Hundreds of food-safe-resin soaked sheets of wood fiber (paper) are pressed together under extreme pressure and heat, fusing the individual sheets into a solid piece of material. The final product is exceptionally strong, yet maintains the warm, natural look and feel of wood. It is lightweight, nonporous, knife friendly, and dishwasher safe. It won’t crack, split, or stain—making it a perfect material for cutting boards and earning Epicurean products worldwide recognition.

It also is environmentally friendly. The wood fiber raw material comes from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified sources and/or recycled paper. 99.99% of the volatile organic compounds released by the resin are destroyed during the saturation process and never reach the atmosphere. Richlite has earned Greenguard, Rainforest Alliance, and FSC certifications. 

We are proud to use this environmentally friendly wood fiber composite, made by Richlite, in the production of our cutting boards and kitchen accessories. The durable material itself has been around for more than 65 years and is widely used for commercial, industrial, and marine purposes, as well as skate park surfaces. It certainly can take anything dished out in the heart of the kitchen.

 
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RICHLITE FEATURES

All Epicurean wood fiber products share a set of features that have helped them originate the wood fiber line in both the commercial and housewares industry. 

 
 DISHWASHER SAFE  You’ll save loads of time keeping your Epicurean wood fiber products clean by simply tossing them in the dishwasher when you’re done using them. Richlite, our wood fiber composite material, can be sanitized in any home or commercial dishwasher. 

DISHWASHER SAFE

You’ll save loads of time keeping your Epicurean wood fiber products clean by simply tossing them in the dishwasher when you’re done using them. Richlite, our wood fiber composite material, can be sanitized in any home or commercial dishwasher. 

 MADE IN THE USA  Richlite is manufactured in Tacoma, Washington from locally-sourced paper pulp. Domestic trucking companies haul the Richlite to Superior, Wisconsin where Epicurean turns it into a wide selection of products.

MADE IN THE USA

Richlite is manufactured in Tacoma, Washington from locally-sourced paper pulp. Domestic trucking companies haul the Richlite to Superior, Wisconsin where Epicurean turns it into a wide selection of products.

 MAINTENANCE FREE  Epicurean products made from Richlite have the look and feel of wood but do not require any of the typical wood board maintenance. Oiling and conditioning are unnecessary but they will help maintain and enhance the appearance of your Epicurean board.  

MAINTENANCE FREE

Epicurean products made from Richlite have the look and feel of wood but do not require any of the typical wood board maintenance. Oiling and conditioning are unnecessary but they will help maintain and enhance the appearance of your Epicurean board.  

 HEAT RESISTANT  Our wood fiber composite material is heat resistant. You can keep your counters safe from hot pots and pans by using your boards as trivets, and your Epicurean tools will stand up to the high heat of sautéing and boiling. This material should  not  be used as cookware, however. 

HEAT RESISTANT

Our wood fiber composite material is heat resistant. You can keep your counters safe from hot pots and pans by using your boards as trivets, and your Epicurean tools will stand up to the high heat of sautéing and boiling. This material should not be used as cookware, however. 

 EASY ON KNIVES  Epicurean wood fiber composite boards are harder than wood but will score slightly while slicing and chopping food. Your knives will stay sharp longer, making your prep work faster and easier.  

EASY ON KNIVES

Epicurean wood fiber composite boards are harder than wood but will score slightly while slicing and chopping food. Your knives will stay sharp longer, making your prep work faster and easier.  

 NON-POROUS  Epicurean’s wood fiber composite material has been tested and certified by NSF, an organization that tests products to verify they meet public health and safety standards. Your boards and tools won’t hang on to germs or bacteria. You won’t have to keep one set of boards for meat and another for produce. Simply give your Epicurean board a wash after prepping meat, fish or chicken and move on to your produce. 

NON-POROUS

Epicurean’s wood fiber composite material has been tested and certified by NSF, an organization that tests products to verify they meet public health and safety standards. Your boards and tools won’t hang on to germs or bacteria. You won’t have to keep one set of boards for meat and another for produce. Simply give your Epicurean board a wash after prepping meat, fish or chicken and move on to your produce. 

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FROM SHEET TO CUTTING BOARD

The first step in crafting a new Epicurean product is sparking an idea. Fortunately, our staff never run dry of ideas. Once the ideas are narrowed, our product designer and programmers get to work sketching, prototyping, and refining that idea into a tangible piece. The material of desired thickness and color is ordered and shipped from Tacoma, Washington. Stacks of sheets are staged at our CNC machines, the cut program is entered, and the operators work their magic. In minutes a single sheet is transformed into dozens of products, ready for laser engraving, labeling, boxing and shipping.

 
 
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OTHER USES

Richlite is used in a variety of industries to fabricate everything from cladding on large buildings to small fret boards on guitars. 

 
 
 
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