Nowadays use of disposable utensils has become very popular. In fact, according to one survey Americans throw away enough disposable utensils every year to circle the equator three hundred times. These utensils are very convenient to use, and therefore more and more people are using them. With the rise in popularity of take away food, use of this type of utensils has risen fast. However, these utensils are a bane to our eco-system. Mostly made of plastic, they are not biodegradable and harm our surroundings. We can help save our environment by using greener products.
Reduce the use of disposable
Try to cut down on the use of disposable cutlery. Ask the customers if they need the disposable cutlery before adding them in the bag. Those who will carry the food home might not use disposable cutlery at all. Start an awareness campaign about the harmful effect of these disposable items and encourage customers to use these items sparingly.
Use the greenest disposable utensils
If you are using plastic cutlery, cups and plates, discontinue doing so. Plastic is very harmful to our ecosystem. Reduce use of oil-based products. This will go a long way in helping the cause of our mother earth. Use eco-friendly disposable cutlery. Many eco-friendly options are available now such as corn or potato starch, bamboo and wood, tapioca and talc. These biodegradable utensils are made from renewable, non-toxic substances and help give back to the environment.
The environment friendly cutlery may or may not cost you more, but benefits to the environment will pay in the long run. Some eco-friendly cutlery choices are listed below:
- Birch ware: Made from 100 percent birch wood, these cutlery items do not contain any chemicals and are made from renewable resource. Birch ware can be composted at home as well.
- Bamboo ware: Utensils made from 100 percent bamboo are biodegradable and compostable at home as well as at commercial composting facility.
- Edible dishes: Made from 100 percent biodegradable cassava, these edible crockery and cutlery is reusable, but will disintegrate in a week if left standing in water. If you want, you can eat it too.
- Corn based: Corn based bioplastic cutlery are compostable in commercial facilities.