Before talking about Kupilka, let's go back to the kuksa and explain what it is. A kuksa is a cup carved by hand out of birch burrs in the Sami tradition. In this article, we will see that Kupilka is not a kuksa because it does not follow the Sami traditions. However, Kupilka has created new traditions and value to Finnish products!
The Kupilka brand offers industrial models of kuksa. But not only! The Kupilka range is very wide and includes various kitchen utensils such as :
The first Kupilka cup created was made according to ancient traditions by Kuisma in 1775, to allow him to taste the drink he had created.
Nearly 200 years later, a Finnish family who knew and mastered the art of carving cups for more than 20 years decided to create an ethical and ecological company. It was 1996 and the Kaasinen family was developing a "green" business at a time when it was not common. But, convinced of these ecological values, the Kaasinen family persevered and became the first company in Finland to use green electricity for all its production.
At the same time, another environmental issue was on the minds of researchers at the Wood Technology Centre. And so was born KARELINE, a brand new material made from wood from Finnish forests.
The combination of this new wood and this green electricity made it possible to create the Kupilka range.
It was not until 2003 that Kupilka released the KUPILKA 21 : the classic cup that is nothing less than the modern version of the cup carved in 1775.
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KARELINE is made of :
The advantage of this material is that it is durable over time, it ages very well without losing its quality. It goes without saying that Kupilka is not biodegradable. However, at the end of their life, Kupilka products can be recycled, burned or returned to the production plant to be reused.
So the Kupilka's are not authentic kuksa but rather the modern, industrial alternative. 💡
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