These biodegradable utensils are durable enough to cut a steak and soft enough to biodegrade. Known as Taterware and Spudware, these eco-friendly cutlery options are made from renewable resources such as potato starch, corn starch, and wheat. The cutlery can safely be composted, with some products even breaking down completely in 3-6 weeks.
The biodegradable utensils have the same look and feel of plastic and can withstand hot food and liquids like soup. Some utensils even hold up to rigorous testing under boiling and microwaving conditions.
Bioplastic cutlery is part of a burgeoning market for biodegradable food packaging and related products. Quite a few suppliers have started stocking these items:
- Treecycle offers Spudware biodegradable utensils & toothpicks. A set of 50 spoons-50 forks-50 knives will cost you $20.
- Green Home sells a combo set containing 250 sets of 1 Fork, Knife, and Spoon, wrapped for $46.00.
- World Centric sells a case of 250 three-pack of utensils Wrapped in a compostable bag made from corn starch or paper bag made from recycled cotton fibers for $36.50.
- Shoppers in the UK can purchase from Vegware.
- Earthware supplies a wheat-based cutlery option.
Now you can just throw your “disposables” on the compost heap and save yourself money on waste collection costs while saving the planet from excess waste.