Ditch the Single-Use Plastics: Why Switching to Reusable Cutlery Isn’t Hard

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The elimination of single-use plastic products, such as straws, water bottles and disposable cutlery has been garnering a lot of media attention lately.

Single-use plastics are taking over our landfills, filling our oceans and harming wildlife. They contain toxic chemical compounds such as BPA that can leech into the water or food they come in contact with.

Plastic takes more than 1000 years to decompose and is also incredibly difficult to recycle, which is something a lot of people don’t realize. As a result, zero-waste living and other green initiatives are gaining momentum, and people are sharing easy ways to make the transition away from detrimental single-use plastics.

A Surprisingly Easy Shift

Making the shift to reusable cutlery and straws is surprisingly easy. Stainless steel straws that come with special brushes for cleaning are widely available online and in local bulk goods stores. Reusable cutlery is an even easier switch to make because it should already be available in your own home!

Though some folks buy special cutlery sets that are easy to travel with and more compact, I’ve found it just as easy to keep a regular set of cutlery at work, or roll up a set in a kitchen tea towel and take it with me in a lunch bag, purse or backpack. The kitchen towel is key so that you can roll up your dirty cutlery in it and protect the rest of the items in your bag.

There are also lots of patterns on websites like Pinterest that will help you learn to sew your own cutlery roll with little compartments for each item of cutlery.

Going green doesn’t have to mean buying the latest in reusable tools. Lots of folks make do with items they already have because it’s easier, less expensive and an easily accessible way to minimize their impact on the environment.

Traveling With Reusable Cutlery

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Bamboo kitchenware

If you’d prefer to keep your kitchen cutlery in your kitchen, then fear not, because there are a multitude of stainless steel travel sets available online as well. Some of these cutlery sets are quite cute, and they often come with their own case so that you’ll never have to worry about dirty cutlery in your bag.

The one barrier to this would be if you plan to go someplace where security may not allow metal cutlery. In this case, bamboo cutlery is an economical and popular option.

Bamboo is a highly renewable resource, as it grows very quickly and doesn’t require the use of pesticides or fertilizers to grow. Cutlery isn’t the only thing made from bamboo; you can also find bedsheets, flooring, kitchen utensils, cleaning brushes and even keyboards made from this material.

To read more about green kitchenware, visit How To Make Drinking Glasses Out Of Recycled Glass»

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