Top 5 New Eco-Friendly Alternative to Single-Use Disposable Plastic Cutlery
Updated: Jul 9, 2019
The invention of plastic revolutionized the world, but unfortunately no one could predict how quickly it would turn out to be a bane on humanity. We produce around 300 million tons of plastic waste each year, of which, it is estimated, 8 million tons end up in the sea. Unless drastic measures are taken, the researchers warn that we could have more plastic trash than fish in the oceans by 2050. This is the reason why the European Commission plans to ban single-use plastic products.
Governments all over the world are trying to make changes locally to promote environmentally friendly products, but unless we as individuals, take a stand and change our ways, it might be too late before policies and laws could save the planet.
So here are a few green alternative that we can incorporate in our daily lives and do our bit for mother nature:
1. Stainless Steel Bottle
I never leave my house without my refillable bottle, I have this one which is also a thermos, so if I want to bring fresh water on a hot day - it will always stay cold, or if I want I can take hot drinks in it as well. The cool thing is - many coffee houses also give you a discount if you bring your own container!
2. Cornstarch utensils
This is one of the new Eco-friendly alternative to single-use disposable plastic utensils/cutlery. Cornstarch utensils are bioplastic utensils, which are manufactured from renewable natural resources such as corn starch or cane bagasse.
Trays, plates, straws, and cutlery are part of the biodegradable items that you can find in this business, being utensils made with a material whose degradation process is between 1.5 and 3 years.
The advantage of this type of biodegradable utensils is that they are manufactured with totally natural materials that do not pollute the environment and can be disintegrated by microorganisms, the sun, rain, wind, or humidity, which decompose them naturally, without leaving an ecological footprint. This is a good option for parties, if you absolutely cannot serve in ceramic or reusable glass cutlery, you could opt for biodegradable alternatives.
3. Bamboo straws
In addition to those of corn starch, another option to replace the use of plastic straws is bamboo. Did you know that straw accounts for 4% of total plastic waste? For many years we have declared war on straws, and now fortunately, large companies such as Starbucks, McDonalds and Ikea are moving to reusable straws.
4. Wooden cutlery
Remember that wood cutlery is disposable, but it is also a compostable resource. This means that you will not be harming the environment when you use this type of cutlery. Also, there are no harmful chemicals in the wood cutlery, so you can feel good knowing that you are offering your friends, family and restaurant customers an opportunity to use safe utencils.
Also in my opinion, wooden forks, spoons and knives add a lovely natural element of uniqueness to restaurants, as well as catering events and parties at home.
5. Travel Mug
Instead of traveling with disposable cups (which, by the way, are not recyclable) , there is a great variety of travels mugs - so many sizes, colors and materials! We really like the Keep Cup as well as famous Contigo.
Our team from Canada came up with a new travel mug design - called The Good Cup. It is an awesome option since the Good Cup contains stainless spoon, fork, knife, and straw. It solves all the issues of buying disposable cutleries every time you are not at home. It is awesome for every traveler and working person, because it is portable and has all the cutlery you need in its body, so no need to carry them in a different container. All you need to do is to make sure that they are intact before leaving your house. The mug looks sleek and will fit into most handbags.
The Good Cup is still in the prototype stage, however orders will be taken very soon. If you leave us an email address, we will let you know as soon as The Good Cup becomes available for purchase.