Q&A;: Eco-Friendly Disposable Cutlery?
Q. We operate in the takeaway food service industry. What do you recommend in the way of environmentally friendly disposable cutlery (to replace current plastic)? I have heard of bamboo cutlery, and starch products but can't find out much about them. Regards, WarrenA.We're glad you asked, Warren. Lucky for you, there are a bevy of options out there for you, and lots of them can be found right here at TreeHugger! Let's start with the ones we know.
- Nat-Ur makes cutlery from Cereplast, a biodegradable resin made from corn and potato starch. These qualify as "compostable" rather than "biodegradable," meaning they break down more readily than simply biodegradable bioplastic.
- Gaiam makes a whole place setting from switchgrass, a high-yield perennial grass native to North America. They are covered in cornstarch to provide strength, even when wet, and durability -- they're even dishwasher safe!
- Sinlessbuying.com is a great resource for disposable dinnerware. They're made from 100% Bagasse, which is the fibrous pulp left over after processing sugar cane.
- Plantic is a company local to Warren in Australia, and, though they specialize in bioplastic packaging rather than cutlery, we're willing to bet that there's a place for them in take-out food.
This list just scratches the surface, of course. For more info on bioplastics, Metabolix is a good place to start, and Natureworks has a wide variety of products and applications for biodegradable plastic. Hope this helps, Warren, and thanks for asking!