Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on October 24, 2007
With Halloween only a week away, the holiday season is officially here. Before you know it, you’ll be planning the thanksgiving feast you’re cooking for your nearest and dearest and fielding hundreds of Christmas party invitations. After that is New Year’s.
A whole lot of parties, a whole lot of plastic cutlery.
Cutlery? Not exactly what you’re focused on this time of year, but when you consider all the events on all the calendars around the world and all the guests that will probably nosh on various holiday goodies (a party without food is not a party worth attending), it adds up to a lot of disposable silverware. The plastic kind, while convenient – you buy it, use it, then throw it away – is disastrous for our planet. Once it goes into the earth in the form of a landfill, it stays there for hundreds of years.
That’s why I was excited to discover SpudWare or Vegware, both make vegi based plastic utensils. Just in time for all of your holiday events, this heat tolerant disposable silverware is completely compostable. These fully functioning forks, spoons and knives come are made from 80% potato starch and 20% soy or similar vegetable oils. They’re just as durable as the plastic stuff, but they biodegrade in 180 days.
It’s a cool stustainable alternative to petroleum based cutlery. It can even be washed and used again if you’re a frugal party planner. But you needn’t worry. Twenty bucks can buy you a party pack of 50 forks, 50 spoons and fifty knives.
And potato-based silverware is sure to be a great conversation piece.