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There is no other material as versatile and cheap as plastic. However, it’s also true that plastic is also one of the biggest causes of pollution, clogging our oceans and killing biodiversity. Due to environmental awareness, we are forced to look towards alternatives to items like plastic cutlery. Many companies have emerged to offer eco-friendly utensils and eco cutlery as a more viable option.
While bioplastics and compostable plastic are considered as alternatives too, they are not really sustainable and cannot be used to create eco cutlery such as eco-friendly utensils. At Bifrost, we create 100% biodegradable and eco cutlery / eco-friendly utensils using wood and bamboo.
When talking about eco-friendly utensils and other eco cutlery, bioplastic is a term that comes up quite often. It is derived from natural materials like sugar cane and corn starch and is used to make food containers. Sure, bioplastics are compostable, but only in a limited manner. They need high temperatures to break down and hence cannot be composted in traditional landfills. Therefore, this alternative to plastic cannot be used for eco-friendly utensils and other eco cutlery sets.
Basically, old plastic materials that are melted to make something new are called recycled plastics. It surely is a good way to reduce plastic waste, but the resources that go into the collection of recyclable waste and recycling them far outweigh the benefits. So, recycled plastic is not ideal for eco-friendly utensils and other eco cutlery.
Also called oxy degradable or photodegradable, these plastics can be decomposed by bacteria. However, the breakdown results in toxic substances, making it a highly unwanted scenario. Additionally, the decomposition of biodegradable plastics produces methane gas that increases global warming. Hence, biodegradable plastics can’t produce eco-friendly utensils.
So, all this information leads to just one conclusion- any kind of plastic is bad for the environment and cannot be used to make eco cutlery and eco-friendly utensils . What does that leave us with?
There are numerous reasons why wood is the best material to make eco cutlery and eco-friendly utensils. Firstly, they are sustainable in the true sense as they are made from fast-growing trees like birch. This makes them 100% renewable. It only takes around 12 years for birch trees to mature, which means the supply of raw materials can be steady enough for mass production.
And in case you’re wondering, using wood to make eco cutlery does not harm the tree population. It is one of the most sustainable resources and also provides other benefits. It gives a boost to wildlife and absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as it grows. Of course, we need to source the wood responsibly from forests grown and managed for the sole purpose of making eco-friendly utensils and other sustainable products.
Another benefit of using wood to make eco cutlery is that it is entirely natural. No chemicals need to be used while processing the wood, thus reducing the chemical impact caused to the environment. Also, eco-friendly utensils made of wood are fully compostable; it takes around 90 days for them to decompose completely. You can even toss the eco-friendly utensils and eco cutlery into a backyard compost bin or simply into your home garden and let it decompose into the soil while also enriching it. You can then grow plants and vegetables on clean, naturally-fertilized ground without worrying about toxins.
Composting wood does not require an industrial facility or any other special equipment. This adds to sustainability and reduces the environmental impact. Thus wood is the best option for eco-friendly utensils and eco cutlery.
We can conclude that bioplastics or any other kind of plastic that is deemed degradable does more harm than good. In comparison, wood does not stress the environment at all and is the perfect choice for making eco cutlery/eco-friendly utensils. Surely, we might come up with more alternatives in the future. But as of now, wood is the only solution for sustainable eco cutlery.
Check out Bifrost’s biodegradable, eco cutlery and eco-friendly utensils on our website.