The World is slowly waking up to the nightmare of plastic cutlery
In 2010 Narayana Peesapaty created edible spoons in India, because he was fed up with plastic waste and wanted to create a nutritional alternative to disposable plastic and wood cutlery and bamboo chopsticks. Today his truly biodegradable cutlery is available in three flavours: plain, sweet or spicy. And, if you choose not to eat your spoon, it will properly decompose within 4 – 5 days.
France has taken a different route. In September 2016 the French passed new legislation banning all plastic cutlery, plates and cups that are not made from biologically-sourced materials. And there is ongoing research in this area. Earlier this year Anirudh Muralidharan Gautam and Nídia Caetanopres presented a paper at the ‘4th International Conference on Energy and Environment Research’ in Portugal on the “Study, design and analysis of sustainable alternatives to plastic takeaway cutlery and crockery” (Source)
As #OceanPeople we have a duty to make the change now. So what one simple and easy thing can you do to instantly reduce your one-time-use plastic consumption and ditch the social obsession with convenience?
#BYOC. Bring Your Own Cutlery
Let’s face it, wouldn’t you much prefer to eat with a decent set of cutlery / silverware / flatware than the current signature side of tacky plastic knives, forks and spoons? Metal cutlery feels more satisfying in your hand and your mouth, so what is stopping you from stashing a suitable set in your car, your office drawer, and your day sack?
Alternatively you could always visit a local camping shop and buy a Spork. Or see if you can blag, beg or steal a Suunto Spork. (About four years ago the Finnish computer manufacturer gave away sporks at a number of dive events.) A Spork successfully combines a fork and a spoon. In some instances a Spork also includes a knife as well.
Unfortunately at present, now matter just how hard we try, there will be that odd occasion when you will end up HAVING to use plastic cutlery. My “odd occasion” is flying. I tend to fly Virgin Atlantic and I have been collecting my plastic cutlery for years. I take it home and thoroughly wash it and store it. I find it a useful solution when I run out of my usual cutlery, ie during a party. Apres party any undamaged cutlery is then put through the dishwasher and put away for future events.
Thanks to my mother’s passion for gardening, I have found another use for plastic cutlery. You can re-purpose it with a black permanent marker and label up a plant or a tray of seeds.