Disposable plastic cutlery ... Again, it is all about convenience. Produced at great environmental cost, used for just a few minutes, then thrown away to pollute the land or sea. These items do not break down in the environment. It was a wake-up call to me to begin to think differently about throwing things 'away' .... because there is no 'away', not really. We are beginning to reap the consequences of our throwaway lifestyles, as pictures such as the one above, which depicts rubbish floating in the Caribbean illustrate.
Disposable plastic cutlery is a really easy thing to stop using. Really, the secret to beating single-use plastic is simply to be prepared. It is easy to carry in our handbags, or in our cars, a fork - maybe even a spork - and whatever other implements we deem necessary when we are out and about. If we are catering an event, it is more of a hassle to wash up after everyone, but it could be good for community if we enlist everyone's help, and with dishwashers to help us, there isn't really an excuse. You can buy sets of reusable cutlery made of metal or bamboo; some come in lovely cases. Some creative people make their own.
I am always so encouraged to hear about innovative solutions to our throwaway plastic problem, and love this edible cutlery being produced in India ... Check it out by clicking HERE.