My local fast food restaurant just announced they will no longer be supplying disposable plastic straws with my serving of amazing Root Beer. We knew this was coming as it’s all over the press but now it has hit close to home.
Those flimsy cups just don’t work for drinking from the rim so it is time for a new addition to my Everyday Carry Cutlery. It looks like reusable and cleanable stainless steel straws are the way to go.
The YIHONG stainless steel straws set of 8 has 4 bent, 4 straight and 2 cleaning brushes (as seen above). They are 10.5 inches long and made of plastic free, BPA free, dishwasher safe food-grade 18/8 stainless steel. They claim no metal aftertaste and are rust free and scratch proof.
I would recommend giving them a good soapy scrub before using the first time. Sometimes metal products like this have a small amount of machine oil on them from manufacturing.
YIHONG Stainless Steel Straws from Amazon
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.
If you are a regular reader you know we are big proponents of Everyday Carry Cutlery. This titanium set of camping flatware from Esbit works for the forest or the office or your picnic.
Because this set of fork, knife and spoon are made of titanium it makes them lightweight, heat resistant, non-corrosive and non-magnetic. But wait there’s more! The titanium surface means no metallic taste when eating with them.
Each utensil folds down to less than 4.2 inches in length and the handle locks into place when extended with a loop handle that works for hanging from your pack or to dry.
Available from Amazon:
Esbit titanium cutlery folding Fork
Esbit titanium cutlery folding Knife
Esbit titanium cutlery folding Spoon
We here at The Cutlery Review have been talking about what we have named “Everyday Carry Cutlery” (ECC). The idea being that you have a handy portable and reusable set of flatware on your person in your backpack or purse. And if you check out the link you will see there are a lot of options out there. It’s handy, hygienic and good for the environment. Just say no to flimsy plastic forks.
So it’s interesting to see our friends over at TreeHugger.com write the article: Why “Bring Your Own Cutlery” needs to become a new trend. To quote them:
“Most obviously, disposable plastic cutlery should be made illegal, which is precisely what France has done.”
That’s a pretty strong statement that we can get behind. We are seeing plastic grocery bags being banned all over the world, why not plastic cutlery?
Read more at Treehugger.com