This has been a long time coming. Less than 10% of plastic is recycled and it’s showing up in our oceans, our fish, our drinking water and our food. Plastic is very useful but becoming a serious danger. Reducing plastic usage must be a goal for everyone.
From CNN.com – Europe is proposing a ban on single-use plastic items such as cutlery, straws and cotton buds in a bid to clean up the oceans. The European Commission wants to ban 10 items that make up 70% of all litter in EU waters and on beaches. The list also includes plastic plates and drink stirrers.
Plastics Europe, which represents manufacturers, said it supported the “overarching objective” of the proposal but said there must be more resources dedicated to “waste management” to ensure better collection of used plastic.
“Plastic product bans are not the solution,” it said in a statement, and noted that “alternative products may not be more sustainable.”
Here at TheCutleryReview we have been promoting, when we can, the use of Everyday Carry Cutlery (ECC). We believe that alternative products can be more sustainable! The banning of plastic cutlery and straws means that the responsibility is back onto us as the consumer to make the right choice. Some of use can do without a plastic disposable straw, but some with disabilities cannot. Years ago I had a bad experience trying to cut steak at a BBQ with plastic cutlery. Carrying reusable, cleanable, and environmentally conscious cutlery should be become a trend.
In the coming weeks will be sourcing and reviewing Everyday Carry Cutlery options for all of us to help reduce the plastic problem.
Chef Alice Waters of Berkeley, Calif. really enjoys cooking a egg over a fire in a hand-forged iron egg spoon. This is a rather specific piece of cutlery that requires on open fire. Perhaps a pizza oven would do but it’s made for the fire. She has had a blacksmith make these spoons available for sale at $250 each.
And it seems a lot of people have a lot to say about all of this. Not sure why it’s such a big deal but it has caused a bit of a kerfuffle. I think the concept is great and I’m sure it makes a great fire cooked egg. And I’d like to try it, but I’m not sure why all the fuss.
Check out the article at the NY Times and decide for yourself.
Just to be clear, I named them Fork Birds not the artist. And the artist is Matt Wilson from South-Carolina.
Such a simple concept using the old forks, knives and spoons and some recycled lumber. Yes a simple concept but so elegant and wondrous in it’s execution. This flying flatware shows a creative eye for design and an innate understanding of the subjects. He does shrimp, fish and seahorses too!
Check out Matt’s Cutlery Arts on Instagram and Etsy
Something a simple as a spoon takes a lot of thought, design and energy. I’m sure the fork and knife take effort as well and there are a lot of knife making videos out there. But what it takes to create flatware has always fascinated me.
So it was pretty interesting to discover a page on a manufacturers website about how their stamped cutlery is made. That company is Eternum and they are:
“Eternum is a Belgian company created in 1924 and specialized in the creation, production and sale of stainless steel cutlery and tableware.”
It’s interesting to read how cutlery has been created for years.
Learn about Cutlery Production at Eternum.com