If you take your own reusable cutlery, you help to cut down on plastic cutlery that litters land and sea. Often give away with takeaway food, plastic cutlery (including knives that cut) harm birds, wildlife and marine creatures. The charity 5Gyres says plastic cutlery is the 7th most common item found on beaches.
Plastic cutlery is a $2 billion global business, with the world’s top firm selling millions of items per month, just in the USA. Just one (Portuguese) airline has removed plastic cutlery from their food and drinks services. France has already banned disposable cutlery (back in 2016, we are years behind).
Pret a Manger introduced a ban on plastic cutlery in their sandwich shops because ‘they cared for the planet’. But with a consumer backlash, they re-installed it. Friends of the Earth note that when companies are purely driven by profit, legislation is needed.
Do not use stainless steel straws on the move (nor for children as they are not flexible, so could injury.
Leave No Trace Bamboo Cutlery Set is part of the Gift Set for the Eco Warrior (which includes a vegan leather snack pouch and zero waste food wrap. Bamboo is the world’s fastest-growing grass (industrial bamboo is not taken from panda habitats). It’s also naturally anti-bacterial. However it doesn’t like water. So don’t leave your bamboo cutlery steeped in the sink.
Shlurple (made from leftover wheat harvest stalks) includes a collapsible spoon, fork and chopsticks, which all fit neatly into the box, which is also made from easy-to-recycle wheat composite. In pink or green. Also sold as a combo with a biodegradable reusable straw.
Yuggen Bamboo Cutlery Set is portable and lightweight, made from sustainably-sourced bamboo which is naturally anti-bacterial. The set includes a knife, fork and spoon, bamboo chopsticks and a coconut shell straw cleaner. It’s suitable for planes (including the knife). GoBambu Reusable Cutlery Set includes a fork, knife, spoon, straw, straw cleaner and set of chopsticks, packaged in a secure organic cotton pouch.
This biodegradable cardboard picnic table is light yet sturdy, and comes with paper plates, wooden cutlery sets, napkins and a cardboard carry case with handle.
Just because you’re having a picnic, barbecue or garden party, doesn’t mean that it has to involve leaving lots of litter everywhere. Use these ideas to still enjoy your special day, but keep the planet and wildlife safe.
- Take all your empties with you, for recycling. If you smoke, Boodi personal ashtray safely extinguish butts, to prevent wildfires.
- Use wicker baskets and a gingham tablecloth and reusable sandwich wraps, to avoid clingfilm. Keep food covered to deter wasps and ants, and keep ‘toxic people food’ away from dogs like cooked bones.
- A Slice of Green Organic Cotton Sandwich Wrap secures with a Velcro fastening. Just unfold, pop the sandwich in the middle, fold up and secure. Unfolded, it doubles as a plate or mat. Lie flat to dry. Due to the water-resistant PUL liner, wash in a microplastic catch bag.
This wheat straw picnic cutlery is made from leftover wheat, which may otherwise be burnt. The pocket-size set is ideal for eating on the go, and includes a fork, spoon and chopsticks, along with its own handy travel case.