Plastic-Free July Challenge #21: Bring your own reusable utensils 🍴

Updated: Jul 22, 2020


Reusable metal utensils

Enough with disposable plastic cutlery! We see these littered on our streets and our beautiful beaches too often 😥


Plastic red fork

Many say “It’s just one fork,” but multiplied by millions upon millions, those plastic utensils are terrible for the environment. With the number of customers buying food from food stands and kiosks, it is no surprise we often find plastic litter at the beach.


Some estimates put the number of individual plastic utensils wasted at 40 billion per year in the United States alone. After just one single use, most of them are thrown out and end up in landfills and in our waterways.



Spoons, straws and other plastic litter found at the beach

Plastic cutlery is one of those items that won’t get recycled even when you put it in the recycling. It’s too contaminated. It’s too small. It's too lightweight. So those 40 billion plastic utensils per year are a complete waste. (John McKenna: Why are Wildfires getting worse).






Air Canada travel kit with reusable metal utensils

What can consumers do to reduce litter caused by plastic utensils?


1. Bring your own utensils

Keep a set of utensils in your car or in your bag. As you bring them home to wash after using them, pack another set and keep it in a safe place. For your next picnic at the park or the beach, remember to bring your own cutlery.


2. Reuse the plastic utensils

Remember that just because something is cheap enough to dispose of, that does not mean you HAVE to throw it away. Plastic utensils are reusable too.



What can businesses do to reduce litter caused by plastic utensils?


Offer incentives to customers who bring their own utensils


If disposable utensils are necessary to your business, consider environmentally friendly alternatives such *compostable or even *edible utensils!


FYI, you do not need to throw away those compostable utensils if they can be used again.


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What if I have an unused pack of plastic utensils?


Again, just because they are disposable, that does not mean you need to dispose of them after one use! You can eat with them more than once 🥣


They can also make beautiful works or art, or create custom patterns in pasties. While it is already common to do these with metal utensils, the ability to cut plastic utensils allow for more play.


Check out the following articles for ideas:


Wonderful DIY:

Upcycling Obsession: 15 Awesome Crafts Made with Plastic Forks


yahoo!life:

11 Smart Uses for a Fork



Plastic utensils can also be used as Popsicle sticks for you homemade frozen treats. Plastic spoons can aid the smoothing of bathroom caulking, while plastic knives can be used to spread out glue. Hair styling can also be done with plastics forks. You can also tie your hair with plastic utensils - heck why not! Many are already doing so with pencils or chopsticks!🥢 They can also turn into costumes :o)



Check out the followings links for hair styling ideas:


TheBeautyElite:

Curl your hair with forks | Curly hair hack | Hair hacks


xoJahtna:

10 Hair HACKS You've NEVER Seen Before!!


 

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