FAQs

General questions

Who is UNICA TERRA compared with EKOBO?
For whom our products are intended? Which customers and typology ?
Which differences between Ekobo end Domineco collections?
What is melamine? And melamine A5?
Where is our logistic platform? Delivery leadtimes?
Lifetime of our materia?
Who does distribute our ranges ?
Weight constrains
While our products are durable and long-lasting, this eco-friendly material is not unbreakable. It will not shatter like ceramic or glass but if dropped at a bad angle on a hard floor, a chip or crack may occur.

BIOBU Bamboo Fiber Eco-composite

Why are BIOBU products made in China?
We manufacture our products where we source our primary material. Because China grows 80% of bamboo in Asia, we targeted factories that specialize in manufacturing bamboo flooring and chopsticks. While cutting and shaping the raw bamboo, a high percentage of sawdust is shed, then either thrown away or burned as energy. We found that this non-transformed organic bamboo “waste” material could be ground to a fine powder and mixed with resin to create durable eco-design objects. Our manufacturing partner is located near the chopstick factories around Shanghai and is specialized in transforming bamboo fibre on site.
Is the bamboo grown organically?
Yes! UNICA TERRA chose bamboo because it is one of our earth’s most renewable resources. It is a fast-growing, naturally-regenerative woody grass which flourishes organically without pesticides, fertilisers or herbicides. It can be continuously harvested every 3 years without damaging the plant or the surrounding environment. The bamboo used in BIOBU products is collected from the sawdust that is shed from cutting and shaping bamboo chopsticks and bamboo flooring.
What dyes are used for UNICA TERRA products? Are they safe?
All dyes used on our products are 100% food-grade and entirely non-toxic. Dry color pigments (mineral or non organic) are mixed with the powder composite used to make the products. Because the color is in the mass of the product, and not coated on top of it, there is no color transfer or leaching. As there is no external varnish, the product maintains its original appearance and color over time.
What is BIOBU made of?
BIOBU is an alternative to traditional plastics, fragile and disposable dishware. This composite material is described as a biopolymer, which means it is comprised of bamboo fiber, a highly renewable material, and 100% non-toxic food-grade A5 melamine binder, which helps to extend the life of the products (a sustainable practice!). BIOBU products comply to all food safety standards (FDA and LFGB) and are free of BPA, PVC, Phthalates, Lead, Cadmium and Mercury.
Is the melamine binder used in BIOBU products safe for use?
Absolutely! Our A5 food-grade melamine binder is 100% non-toxic and food safe. BIOBU products comply with the European Plastic regulation (EU) N10/2011 and Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004 which acknowledges that our dishware is suitable for all types of food and liquid below boiling temperature. The only condition where migration of the resin binder may occur is if it is heated to temperatures above boiling (100°C/212° F) for an excessive period of time (90 minutes +). Heating under extreme temperatures essentially melts the material, changing its molecular structure - for this reason, we do not recommend microwave and conventional oven use.
Are BIOBU products produced under good working conditions?
Yes! BIOBU products are manufactured in China in collaboration with carefully chosen partners. In addition to brand new facility that is in compliance with current safety and health codes, all of our employees are paid a fair living wage. No child labor is allowed.
How are BIOBU products green?
Our products are conceived for everyday use that make them a real alternative to traditional plastics, fragile and disposable dishware BIOBU products are made with bamboo, a highly-renewable natural material. Specifically, we collect sawdust that is shed from cutting and shaping bamboo chopsticks and bamboo flooring. We grind the non-transformed organic bamboo “waste” material to a fine powder. We then mix it with a food-safe resin to create durable, long-lasting objects - which is also a sustainable practice.
Are BIOBU products biodegradable?
If buried in the ground (completely covered by earth), the bamboo fibre content will decompose in 2-3 years. The non-organic elements are not considered biodegradable. However, we think it's important to look at the product's complete lifecycle - what occurs before, during and after production. Our products are made with 50% raw bamboo waste that we collect from local FSC-certified chopstick factories - a responsibly-sourced green waste product. Bamboo is a highly renewable natural resource that doesn't require any fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides to thrive. Also the techniques used for manufacturing our product are extremely low in water and energy. Our products are made by thermopression (or heat). Our machines are operated manually, then each product hand polished and packed. Finally, the A5 food-safe binding resin makes our products durable, reusable and dishwasher safe; they are a real alternative to traditional plastic and single use products.
Do BIOBU products break?
While our products are durable and long-lasting, this eco-friendly material is not unbreakable. It will not shatter like ceramic or glass but if dropped at a bad angle on a hard floor, a chip or crack may occur.
Are BIOBU products dishwasher safe?
Yes! we recommend washing at 70°C / 160°F.

UNICA TERRA Home Textile

What is Peshtemal?
The UNICA TERRA Home bath textile range is inspired from traditional Turkish bath cloth or “Peshtemal”. This textile dates back nearly six hundred years to the hamams (public baths) of Anatolia. The lightweight, yet fast drying cloth was worn by both men and women and has remained a tradition in Turkish baths for centuries. Turkish cotton is premium cotton that has extra long fibers. Using longer fiber cotton in spinning yarn means fewer joins. Fewer joins results in stronger and smoother cotton threads.
What makes the UNICA TERRA Home Textiles unique?
We have created a custom weave for our brand. These flat towels (no loops like terry cloth) are tightly woven, and the extra yarn used in the weave results in additional strength and durability. Each piece is hand-finished with colourful details that give a modern twist to an ancient textile. Finally, washing makes them even softer and more absorbent.
What are the benefits of these towels?
Eco-friendly / Organic Soft and lightweight Highly-absorbent & fast-drying Less space to store Absorption increases with wash & use Unisex: ideal for Kids & Adults Versatile: ideal for bath, baby, spa, pool, travel & sport
Are UNICA TERRA Home Textiles eco-friendly?
Yes! The UNICA TERRA Home production is GOTS and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. Made with 100% organic cotton yarn, this range features a custom weave that is ultra-soft and luxurious. Also, peshtemal is a real alternative to bulky terry towels. It occupies less space in the washer, reduces drying time (both line and dryer) and takes less space to store.
How do I wash UNICA TERRA Home Towels?
We recommend washing cold (40°C/90°F). While our textiles are pre-washed and pre-shrunk, we recommend you wash with like colors. You can tumble dry low and iron as desired.