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.
Ditch those disposable utensils!
I vividly remember my great-grandparents always carrying their own fork, spoon, and knife in their purse or car. Grandpa just hated flimsy, plastic cutlery because come on, it’s junk.
I’m always tempted to use them at restaurants and when I’m at work because the breakroom is stocked to the ceiling with boxes of throwaway forks and spoons.
Side note – am I the only one who is grossed out by the pens at reception desks that have spoons taped to them?
Anyway, this one can be a fairly simple thing to avoid with a little preparation.
1. Keep some cutlery onhand in your backpack or purse. If you have some at the ready, you can confidently always ask for none when out and about.
And please, don’t go buy anything fancy – you already have some at home to use. Save that money!