Eat your way out of single use plastic crockery and cutlery
Single-use cutleries, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items are things like plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda, and water bottles, and most food packaging. We produce tons of plastic every year, most of which cannot be recycled. It is estimated that close to 40 billion individual plastic utensils—meaning 14 and 18 billion plastic spoons—are produced each year, and with such low rates of reuse and recycling, most of them end up in our landfills, beaches, and oceans. They are likely to remain there for centuries! Littered plastics are also harmful to animals because they occasionally eat them and die.
Most of the single-use plastics are non-recyclable and even if their grade of plastic is accepted for recycling, they cannot be recycled because of food contamination, hence sent to landfill. With over 18.8 million tones of household waste each year the landfill sites are running at peak capacities, alternatively, they are incinerated. Incineration is not an entirely eco-friendly process as government claims. Burning plastic leads to emission of toxic gases and this process does not eliminate thrash, as an example: 10 tones of trash leaves 1-ton residue post incineration. Residue aspect of incineration is not addressed.
Party with pride - Go Zero Waste!
There are solutions at hand. With growing awareness, more options are available.
Few ideas to avoid single-use cutlery or tableware –
- Use Biodegradable and compostable tableware and cutlery. If you are a person who hosts parties often, looking at buying in bulk.
- Look for options to hire cutlery and crockery when organizing a party.
- If you are being invited to a party or get together where single-use plastics are used, carry your reusable cutlery.
- Buy a reusable cutlery set. They can be used in parties, get together and even flight journeys
- Most importantly, voice out to every friend,family, communities, event organizers, and organizations to ditch single-use plastics.
Don’t wait for your government to ban single-use plastics, make the change now!
Where you can hire?
(Waitrose does lend glasses for free)
Websites to look for biodegradable cutlery
Amazon and eBay do have some eco options which are pocket friendly