I am a sucker for Instagram ads. Like if Instagram is wondering whether or not their ad structure is working, IT’S WORKING REAL GOOD ON ME.
Which brings me to Rainforest Bowls – a product that was ever so persistently advertised on my feed and finally convinced me to try these all-natural, artisan-crafted, eco bowls out.
**Please note that I will be entirely focusing on their bowls in this review despite also purchasing their utensils and boba straws. This review is also not paid.**
First, I must briefly explain what makes these bowls intriguing enough to make me buy them.
- From their bowls to their boba straws, these are eco-friendly products that fashionably promote a sustainable lifestyle.
- The products are also biodegradable.
- Their products are sustainably sourced in Vietnam. The coconuts that they use for their products are empty coconut shells that would have been tossed into a burning landfill.
- The company gives back to the Vietnamese community by not only providing jobs but also supporting reforestation in Vietnam through One Tree Planted.
- They are transparent. For decades, consumers have been demanding more transparency from their favorite companies and unfortunately, a lot of companies are struggling with that. At Rainforest Bowls, you can find everything you need to know on their website or hit them up on social media.
- They got a lot of promotions and sales going on right now. They will also give 100% of your money back if you’re not satisfied.
Lots of good reasons, right? But there are also reasons why I was hesitant to buy these products in the first place.
- You can’t microwave them. It’s quite inconvenient when I want to reheat something but also want to use these cute bowls. Like, should I use a microwaveable bowl to reheat my food and then transfer it into my coconut bowl? That would then be twice the washing…
- You also should not expose these bowls to extreme heat or extremely hot foods as stated on their website. I don’t know how hot is extremely hot, but I wouldn’t suggest putting freshly made hot soup in these bowls.
- Despite being advertised as durable, they look fragile. Once I opened my package and felt the bowls, it seemed like they would break easily. Luckily after using them for the past few weeks, that was not the case and have yet to break any of them. Hopefully, that day never comes.
- They are dishwasher unfriendly. I handwash everything, but to those who use the dishwasher frequently may find this inconvenient.
- Once you open the package, the first thing you will notice is the smell. On their website, they say to wash it in warm water before use to help get rid of the smell. I found myself having to wash the bowls 2-3 times to get most of the smell out, which is probably what you have to do if you’re sensitive to smells.
- They have small dimensions.
- The price was a little high for my liking. Given the fact that you cannot use these in the microwave nor pop these into the dishwasher and that you can buy a set of bowls that are microwaveable and dishwasher-friendly for as much as their small raw bowl, why bother buying rainforest bowls?
After giving them a fair chance for the past few weeks, I can tell you why these are a worthy buy. I’m going to start off by saying these are adorable and they do spruce up your home. Quite literally, you’re bringing a little bit of nature inside, which actually would’ve been tossed in a landfill as I said earlier.
These bowls are also versatile. You can use these bowls as succulent planters, accent pieces on your bookshelf, pantry storage, or a catch-all around your house. Whatever you do with these bowls, they will function fashionably.
These bowls also just serve as a constant reminder to be more conscious. Whether it’s being more conscious about food waste, supporting small businesses, or living more sustainably, I will always be reminded cause I spent money on those damn bowls 😂
All jokes aside, here are my final remarks on whether or not these are worth buying.
If you’re like me who constantly takes pictures of foods and need it to be aesthetic, then these bowls would be worth buying. Otherwise, I think these bowls are not worth buying unless you don’t need the microwave frequently or eat smoothie bowls every day.
If you don’t mind spending some extra money on these bowls knowing that you’re helping out with reforestation in Vietnam, then these might be worth it for you. If you are the type of person who would rather donate money directly or rather buy a product that is much more functional, then these are not worth it.
At the end of the day, this is the type of product that you need to find another use for other than food. This is the type of product that is more of a novelty than a necessity. This is the type of product that is more of a conversation starter or decorative piece rather than a bowl for hot soup. This is the type of product that might be inconvenient but is doing some good for someone or someplace.
I hope I was able to explain the big ups and downs in this review but tell me what you guys think. Would you buy these bowls or nah?
**Side note: Highly recommend buying their bamboo boba straws**