If you take your own reusable cutlery, you help to cut down on plastic cutlery that litters land and sea. Often give away with takeaway food, plastic cutlery (including knives that cut) harm birds, wildlife and marine creatures. The charity 5Gyres says plastic cutlery is the 7th most common item found on beaches.
Plastic cutlery is a $2 billion global business, with the world’s top firm selling millions of items per month, just in the USA. Just one (Portuguese) airline has removed plastic cutlery from their food and drinks services. France has already banned disposable cutlery (back in 2016, we are years behind).
Pret a Manger introduced a ban on plastic cutlery in their sandwich shops because ‘they cared for the planet’. But with a consumer backlash, they re-installed it. Friends of the Earth note that when companies are purely driven by profit, legislation is needed.
Some sets include stainless steel straws. Do not use these on the move (nor for children or people with dexterity issues), as they are not flexible, so could injure.
The Danes Bamboo Cutlery Set features a tactile set that is made to last with a set of knife, fork and spoon, or a picnic set of 15 (5 each of knives, forks and spoons). Heat and stain resistant, the set comes packaged in a cloth bag. Biodegradable and compostable, they recommend hand washing to prolong life, and there is also a matching plate set if wished.
Green Tulip Eat/Drink Tool Kit is made entirely from certified organic bamboo, and neatly packaged in an organic cotton mesh drawstring bag. The set includes a reusable drinking straw (with cleaning brush) alongside a knife, fork and spoon cutlery set.
Global WakeCup Reusable Cutlery Lunch Set is a lunch set that’s perfect for the office, school or picnics. The set contains an organic bamboo knife, spoon and fork plus a set of organic bamboo chopsticks and 1 stainless steel straw and cleaner in an organic cotton pouch.
This contemporary design cutlery wrap set includes bamboo versions of fork, knife, spoon and teaspoon, along with a strainless steel straw (do not use for children nor on the go, due to not flexing) and a straw cleaner. All the cutlery can be washed and reused, then stored in its own individual pocket. Choose from a range of pretty designs (you can purchase just the roll, if you already have reusable cutlery). Or choose from Jennie Lee’s contemporary cutlery pouches (again choose either the pouch or the cutlery within as well).
Leave No Trace Bamboo Cutlery Set is part of the Gift Set for the Eco Warrior (which includes a vegan leather snack pouch and zero waste food wrap. Bamboo is the world’s fastest-growing grass (industrial bamboo is not taken from panda habitats). It’s also naturally anti-bacterial. However it doesn’t like water. So don’t leave your bamboo cutlery steeped in the sink.
Shlurple (made from leftover wheat harvest stalks) includes a collapsible spoon, fork and chopsticks, which all fit neatly into the box, which is also made from easy-to-recycle wheat composite. In pink or green. Also sold as a combo with a biodegradable reusable straw.
Yuggen Bamboo Cutlery Set is portable and lightweight, made from sustainably-sourced bamboo which is naturally anti-bacterial. The set includes a knife, fork and spoon, bamboo chopsticks and a coconut shell straw cleaner. It’s suitable for planes (including the knife). GoBambu Reusable Cutlery Set includes a fork, knife, spoon, straw, straw cleaner and set of chopsticks, packaged in a secure organic cotton pouch.
This organic cotton cutlery pouch is the ideal alternative to disposable plastic cutlery. Handmade from recycled fabric scraps, it’s fastened with a metal press stud. Choose from blue, navy, pink, mustard or green. These are also good to store your toothbrush, when travelling.
Vesta Living Organic Cotton Cutlery Roll is perfect for picnics, and can also be used to carry your vegan make-up brushes or crochet hookes or pens. Made with a cotton tie, choose from denim chambray or blue stripe. Cutlery, brushes and wipes not included.
Battle Green Reusable Wooden Cutlery Sets contain a knife, fork, spoon and bamboo straw (with straw cleaner made with coconut husk bristles). Wrapped in an organic cotton storage pouch with optional organic cotton gift wrap, the set is secured with a metal press stud. Choose from bamboo, ebony wood or coconut wood (made from upcycled offcuts from furniture-making). Hand wash in warm soapy water and air-dry. Do not leave to soak in water for extended periods of time.
This bamboo knife, fork and spoon set is ideal to replace plastic cutlery, if you are on the move. As well as the plastic harming marine wildlife if it falls down storm drains and goes into the sea, the fork prongs and serrated edges of the knives can harm sea life with soft bodies (like jellyfish).
This beautifully designed quality set is designed to last. The single set includes 3 pieces, but there is an option to order the picnic set of 15 (5 of each item). Use this set for camping, picnics or travel. Also makes a nice table setting or wedding place gift. Bamboo is a fast-growing grass that is durable and heat/stain resistant (industrial bamboo is not the same as the fresh shoots eaten by pandas). At end of use, just compost (hand wash for longer life).