Wait, we toss out how many plastic utensils every year?
Evidence of the damage caused by plastic is undisputed. Campaign group Plastic Oceans Foundation says humans are now producing 150m tons of single-use plastic every year, more than 8m of which are dumped into the sea. Half of all plastic is used just once before being thrown away.
And more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic– largely derived from food and drink packaging as well as clothing – are floating in the world’s oceans, damaging every part of the food chain.
Whether for stabbing salads at our desks or slurping up late-night Thai, plastic cutlery has become a signature side to our growing takeout habit. It’s hard to say exactly how many forks, spoons, and knives Americans throw away, but in 2015 we placed nearly 2 billion delivery orders. If at least half those meals involved single-use utensils, that would mean we’re tossing out billions of utensils each year. They don’t just disappear.
Why is wheat straw cutlery better than plastic cutlery?
What exactly is it?
Wheat straw is the stalk left over after wheat grains are harvested. Traditionally, it has been treated as a waste. In some countries, farmers burn it, contributing to air pollution and creating a public health hazard. However, these stalks still have value. We reclaim this material and use it to make our wheat straw products.
Unlike plastic cutlery, wheat straw cutlery is biodegradable and will not cause damage to the environment.
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