Plastic disposable cutlery not only breaks down into microplastics, but the sharp teeth and prongs of knives and forks can harm soft-bellied marine wildlife like jellyfish. Plastic cutlery is the 7th most common item found on beaches. Shlurple cutlery is made from leftover wheat.
Some reusable cutlery sets include stainless steel straws. Do not use these on the move (nor for children or people with dexterity issues), as they are not flexible, so could injure.
One Portuguese airline has removed plastic cutlery from its services, and France banned all disposable cutlery years ago. 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.
This reusable bamboo cutlery set is ideal for people who often eat on the go, like frequent travellers or commuters. Portable and lighweight, the set includes a knife, fork and spoon, along with a bamboo straw and a pair of bamboo chopsticks. Wrapped in cotton canva, the set includes a straw cleaner, made from coconut shell. The set (including the knife) is suitable for carrying on aeroplanes. For each order, Yuggen pays an Indonesian villager to plant a tree, helping the planet and producing sustainable incomes.
Bamboo is a sustainable material that is not the same as fresh panda shoots (eaten by pandas). It’s one of the best alternatives to plastic cutlery, which never biodegrades and breaks down into microplastics, which harms marine wildlife once it gets tossed down storm drains and into the sea. The serrated edges of plastic knifes and prongs of forks, also harm soft-bodied marine creatures like jellyfish.
Conventional chopsticks made from wood, are responsible for millions of trees being chopped down each year. So see how many animal lives and trees you save, just by buying one bamboo cutlery set!
Leave No Trace Bamboo Cutlery Set includes a set of chopsticks. You’ll also find bamboo cutlery, a bamboo straw and an organic cotton napkin. Millions of people around the world use chopsticks to Asian food. But most are made from disposable wood or plastic, which harms trees and the planet. If you use chopsticks, then opt for reusable ones, or at least biodegradable materials that don’t harm trees like bamboo (industrial bamboo is not taken from panda habitats). Avoid chopsticks made from rosewood, as this is an endangered tree.
Battle Green Zero Waste Kit includes a set of bamboo cutlery in an organic cotton pouch, along with a bamboo straw and cleaner (made with coconut husk), an organic cotton produce bag and an organic cotton string grocery bag (keep out of reach of pets and children, for safety).
Outlery (US) makes collapsible plastic-free cutlery sets. This portable miniature set just screws together, to use in seconds, and is sold in many colours. Made from stainless steel, it’s presented in a steel box with silicone and cardboard. You can also buy chopsticks! Designed to fit in your pocket, just rinse with water and wipe clean, then put it back in its box, until you get home or can wash it properly.
Leftover Wheat Cutlery Set
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.