According to onegreenplanet.org, each year, around six million tons of non-durable plastic is discarded into landfills and oceans. Plastic cutlery is one of the most prominent single-use plastic items typically found within this waste.
These “non-durable” plastics are categorised as plastics that serve a purpose of less than three years before being discarded. In order to avoid contributing to overflowing landfills and polluted oceans, consider some of the following plastic cutlery alternatives:
Cutlery made from bamboo / wood / plant-based materials can normally be composted / biodegraded once disposed. Many brands claim to produce ‘plastic-based’ compostable cutlery – This type of cutlery should be avoided, since despite claims, the processes necessary post-disposal are ambiguous and often not practical due to specific requirements needed for these processes to efficiently take place.
These ‘plastic-based’ utensils do not biodegrade in standard compost pile, and many local municipal services cannot process these utensils.
Cutlery made from 100 % recycled (plastic) polystyrene is better for the environment in comparison to standard plastic utensils made from virgin plastic.
Despite this, such utensils are still considered ‘single-use plastics’ that you, yourself, probably cannot recycle (or it can only be recycled via under very specific circumstances). Therefore, as outlined above, it’s best to avoid these types of cutlery if you’re looking for a truly sustainable cutlery option.
In general, we recommend using plant-based or bamboo derived cutlery. Visit our related articles below, for more information.
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