Cuts Like a Knife

November 03, 2009 2 min read


Attention event planners, businesses, and folks that love to BBQ.   Wanna make a difference at your next party?  We all  want to do our part by creating less waste  but not all of us are willing to sacrifice convenience.  One of the biggest forms of waste left over from a party are one time use plastic utensils. 

While you want your party/event to create memories that last a lifetime, the waste we leave behind should not last several lifetimes. In the past couple of years, I've found that the only eco-alternative to using plastic disposable utensils  has been cutlery made of corn, wheat or potatoes.  While they are all interesting conversation pieces, the reality is that very few of these products are accepted by commercial composting facilities.  I witnessed this first hand while attending a green marketing event last year.  

All of the left over food and paper products were composted, other products recycled but the wheat based utensils had to be thrown in the garbage because they weren't certified or accepted by the local composting facility. Fast forward to the year 2009... I'm thrilled to announce that there's one more great export out of Canada (besides Bryan Adams)!  Greenware Products has come out with a fully compostable line of cutlery made of wood instead of plastic or controversial bioplastic.  After all, in nature and in composting, wood and paper  break down relatively easy in a controlled environment. 

Greenware uses birch wood from an FSC Certifiedsource in making their products.   There are no chemicals, glazes or toxic materials that go into the process of making Greenware utensils.  I just used a set in eating my leftovers today and they work just as good as their plastic counterpart.  The cost?  Only a penny more per piece over the plastic alternative.  The impact?  Well, now I have the choice to easily compost them or even to use them as kindling in my Weber grill.

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