Sustainable Alternatives: Utensil Edition

A lot of places we end up eating don’t give you real utensils. These include a myriad of takeout places, lectures and meetings with lunch, and family picnics. I’ve brought my own stainless steel cutlery in to work- in addition to my own mug and bowl- so it’s the in-between places, neither home nor work, where I get tripped up with single-use utensils.

I was recently at Picnic on Walnut Street and they sell AMAZING To-Go Ware reusable bamboo utensils in a nice pouch (made of recycled plastic bottles) with a sweet carabiner attached. How pretty are they?

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Bamboo is considered a sustainable resource because it grows very quickly, “restoring itself for use in just five years…and requires far less energy to harvest and produce than most ‘lumber’ products” (INHABITAT). In addition, it’s very aesthetically attractive.

I wanted to stop using single-use utensils because it’s such an easy step to just bring my own. I need to remind myself sometimes, but the habit is slowly becoming ingrained. Imagine if every person who uses a plastic fork or spoon every day for their lunch for about 200 days of the year suddenly started using reusable utensils. You’d be saving only a few pounds of trash a year, but if these savings were spread across hundreds or thousands of people who are using plastic utensils daily, the environmental impact would be tremendous.

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