Disposable products are part and parcel of our modern day lifestyles. We all need them and use them at times. It is difficult to imagine a world without these little conveniences that we have grown so accustomed to. These little luxuries unfortunately often come at a great cost to the environment as is the case with disposable plastic utensils.
Worldwide we produce a staggering 40 billion disposable plastic utensils per annum. These utensils are typically used once and then disposed of.
More importantly, these plastic knives, forks, spoons and stirrers are single use items. They end up in landfills, oceans and rivers where they remain, sometimes for hundreds of years, before they eventually decompose.
There is a solution
Take only what you need
Don’t automatically accept the single use plastic utensils when you buy take out foods. Only take them when you are actually going to use them.
If you’re going to eat at home or the office where you have metal utensils available, or you know you prefer grabbing your drum stick and chippies by hand, save the environment by declining them.
If you use plastic utensils, dispose of them responsibly. This takes hundreds of years of decomposing burden out of the environment and into recycling depots.
It is one thing to personally commit to living more sustainable. It is quite another when you start raising awareness in your community.
Contact your favourite take out via social-media, email or in person and ask them to offer non-plastic utensils. Also suggest that they ask customers if they need them before they are dispensed.
Eco-friendly bamboo utensils are a more degradable alternative to the plastic type. When you do need utensils, support take-out shops that provide these eco friendly options.
Just a simple quick way to save our planet, one take out at a time.