Jul 28 2013
Say No To Plastic Cutlery And Containers
By HoneyColony Staff
According to the Clean Air Council, Americans throw away enough paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons annually to circle the equator 300 times. That’s some 100 billion pieces of disposable utensils–used once and thoughtlessly discarded. Clearly, this is not a serious relationship.
Most plastic is made from polystyrene, a by-product of petroleum, which is then combined with benzene (a known human carcinogen). Worse yet, plastic doesn’t biodegrade, but it does break down and release its poisons. Scientists who once believed plastics broke down at a very slow rate (say, over the course of hundreds and thousands of years) now admit that plastic dumped into the ocean will start breaking down within one year. This toxic residue from plastics has been found in waters in the United States, Europe, Japan, and elsewhere. Your plastic forks also end up smack in the belly of the fish you’re eating.
All this plastic is affecting our health and ruining our planet. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The truth is it’s never been easier to give up chemical-filled cutlery and containers. Why not join HoneyColony in putting plastic utensils and cutlery out of business—and keeping them out of our eco-systems.
Ecolunchbox, which was founded by Sandra Ann Harris, mom and social entrepreneur, has earned our seal of approval. Harris was packing lunches for her kids every day when she began wondering how healthy it can be to place food in containers made out of petroleum, with Bisphenol A (BPA is a compound used to make certain plastics and epoxy resins), phthalates, and other estrogen-mimicking chemicals.
There’s also EcoLunchbox Oval made out of high-quality, food-grade stainless steel and flaunts a chic design.
Finally, we love the EcoTravel Fork and Knife Set. This groovy Eco cutlery is fashioned out of bamboo and comes with a knife, fork, and spoon housed in a sturdy cork fabric pouch. Whether you are traveling or going out to eat, you’ll set the standard.
Good Green Witch - 5541 BeeBucks
Sometimes when I need a doggie bag at a restaurant, I ask for a piece of foil instead of a container. I don't always get it. I frequently get weird looks or confusion. People - it's not that hard. A piece of foil. When they see what I do, though, it clicks. I like to think it will get passed along some day.
busybee - 1 BeeBucks
Oooh I really like these. So cute and nature friendly. I always bring my own forks, spoons, etc to work. Anything to help this world. One step at a time.
lizkoehler - 2 BeeBucks
I've been using glass containers istead of plastics; at work I bring by own fork, spoon; plates & cloth napkin! Every one of us can do a little to save our planet. Live simple, do your part!
I really like this concept... But I am not sure that its a nice thing to say" lets put the plastic companies out of business"... is the company that makes this alternative going to HIRE the people that LOSE THEIR JOBS ???? Was any thought given to that last line ..? Just curious. I am all for the better alternative, as long as its as economically priced and doesnt want to lay claim to putting people out of a jopb; God knows that we , as a Nation.. have ENOUGH un-employed individuals of ALL ages.