Zero Waste Challenge – Bring Your Own Utensils | Plastic cutlery is obnoxious. It’s flimsy, very wasteful, and used everywhere. It’s estimated that 40 billion plastic utensils are thrown away every year in the United States and this is usually from one use. Avoiding this disposable is very simple. Keep your own reusable utensils with you. Keep a fork with you at work, stick one in your purse, or hey, stick one in your car. I keep this set of bamboo utensils in my purse at all times. Anytime I’m tempted with disposable cutlery, I refuse and use my own.