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We only get one planet, so we’ve got to do our best to look after it!
One easy way of caring for the planet is to use eco-friendly utensils and plates, ensuring that we are being as sustainable as possible with our kitchenware.
Keep reading to find out more about what exactly eco-friendly utensils and plates are, the benefits of using them, and how they can actively benefit the environment. We’ve also included some of our favorite products to make your switch to sustainable utensils as quick and easy as possible!
What are eco-friendly utensils and plates?
Eco-friendly utensils are products made from sustainable and renewable ingredients like plant fibers. The production of sustainable utensils is considerably less taxing on the planet than things like plastic utensils because it doesn’t require the use of fossil fuels, which are linked to climate change.
Eco-friendly utensils are usually produced to replace single-use items like plastic knives and forks, paper plates, and single-use coffee cups. For example, these World Centric Fiber Bowls are made from bamboo and unbleached plant fibers as a sustainable alternative to paper bowls, perfect for picnics or parties!
Unfortunately, it can be hard to spot truly sustainable utensils and plates, because of a phenomenon called ‘greenwashing’. This is essentially a phenomenon where companies make their products look as though they are eco-friendly utensils when they actually contain materials that are not good for the planet.
Genuinely sustainable utensils will be made from materials like plant fibers, bamboo, and plant-derived bioplastics. Although bioplastics require certain conditions to break down and will not break down naturally in landfills. However, they do typically break down faster than traditional pure-plastic versions. But fear not! You are safe with us because we only stock genuinely eco-friendly utensils so you can be sure that you are doing your bit to protect the planet.
Benefits of eco-friendly utensils
Making the switch to eco-friendly utensils will help you to lower your carbon footprint with little to no inconvenience to you!
Using eco-friendly utensils means that you are using products that are better for the planet because they are biodegradable, so instead of leaving behind toxic chemicals they release nutrients back into the soil as compost, depending on the material that is.
Eco-friendly utensils are also better for lakes, rivers, oceans, and therefore marine life, because a lot of our trash sadly ends up there, instead of going to landfills. In particular, a lot of plastic waste, like plastic knives and forks, ends up in the rivers and then makes its way to the ocean.
This can have devastating consequences for marine life like sea turtles, fish, and seabirds because they end up ingesting the plastic by mistake which eventually leads to their deaths. Thankfully, using eco-friendly utensils can help to combat these tragedies.
Eco-friendly utensils have a positive impact on the environment
Not only are eco-friendly utensils better for the environment because they are more sustainable to produce and reduce waste going to landfills, but they can actually have a positive impact on the environment. This is because they are usually biodegradable and can be broken down into compost which is beneficial to the environment in several ways.
Composting improves the soil by returning nutrients to it: This can help organisms such as earthworms and microorganisms grow and it reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.
Helps plants to grow: The nutrients absorbed into the soil from composting combined with the increased water retention it causes are great for helping plants to grow. This also means that you do not need to use as much water to grow crops.
Reduces the use of chemical fertilizers: This means less water pollution which is beneficial to water ecosystems.
Composting can also help the soil retain water: As well as helping plant growth, improved water retention also helps to prevent soil erosion because it binds the soil together. The improved ability of soil to retain water can also help to reduce the impact of climate change-related problems like flooding.
Helps to combat climate change: Composting eco-friendly utensils can help to combat climate change, because it reduces the greenhouse gas emissions caused by utensils going to landfills.
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Check out some of our favorite eco-friendly utensils!
We can’t help you predict the weather when you’re planning the perfect picnic, but we can provide the cups! These compostable cups are made from FSC-certified paper with a plant-based bio lining. Plus, they’re hardy as well as eco-friendly utensils because they can hold hot liquids up to 220°F.
These compostable clear cups are ideal for things like kids' birthday parties to reduce the waste created by single-use items. Perfect for soft drinks and alcoholic beverages alike, these cups are made from plant-based plastic helping everybody make a more sustainable choice.
These plant-based plates are ideal for any eco-warrior because they’re made from unbleached plant fibers and bamboo, which makes them totally compostable. You can take them to a commercial composting facility, and they’ll be compost-ready within 2-4 months!
Wave goodbye to plastic knives and forks thanks to these sustainable utensils, made from annually renewable resources. They can be used at least 100 times making them even more eco-friendly because they are not just single-use. Then once their life is over they break down into compost in 6 months!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are biodegradable utensils eco-friendly?
Yes! One of the best things about biodegradable utensils like plant-based plates is that they are much better for the environment! Biodegradable utensils will eventually break down into compost and release nutrients back into the soil.
This is considerably more eco-friendly than plastic utensils, which can take over a thousand years to "decompose" (turn into microplastics). Biodegradable utensils are also usually more eco-friendly than plastic utensils because they don’t tend to require the use of environmentally damaging fossil fuels.
Are paper plates better for the planet?
Well, it goes without saying that paper plates are bad for the planet’s health because they are single-use utensils, so contribute to unnecessary waste. Paper is not a naturally water-resistant material, chemicals are applied to paper plates to make them waterproof, which can then go into waterways and the environment.
These chemicals are called per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, which can be dangerous to humans in large amounts. They are not dangerous in small quantities, but it’s possibly not worth the risk of exposing yourself to them at all and using plant-based plates, like those made from bamboo, instead.
Are fiber plates compostable?
Yes! Fiber plates are usually made from recycled fiber materials like bamboo and wheat straw, often coming from sources where they would otherwise have been thrown away.
Since they are completely natural ingredients, plates made from plant fiber are completely compostable and will break down within 6 months. This makes them a much more sustainable utensil than other plates because they release nutrients back into the soil.
Are eco-friendly utensils made with bamboo?
Sometimes! Bamboo is an extremely sustainable material, which is why it is so popular in the production of eco-friendly products. This is because bamboo grows extremely quickly and doesn’t require much water or any fertilizers.
It also regenerates once it has been cut down, so it doesn’t even require replanting it will just keep regrowing! Plus, because bamboo is a natural plant it is also completely biodegradable, just double check that what you are buying doesn’t also contain materials that aren’t bio