Meta Description: If you are environment-conscious, then you should consider using a bamboo stirrer, straws, spoons, and other eco-friendly cutlery items.
Don’t be surprised if you ask for a coffee and it comes with a bamboo stirrer; it is the current trend, and it looks like it’s here to stay. Bamboo has proven to be the best alternative to plastic, and the aware, eco-friendly public is adopting reusable bamboo cutlery.
Businesses, as well as consumers these days, are trying new alternatives to single-use plastic cutlery. There was a time when paper straws and plates were in trend. But they were not as sustainable and amounted to a lot of waste. Since then, we have experimented with different materials and finally found bamboo.
Numerous manufacturers like our own leading manufacturer Bifrost have started selling sustainable products like bamboo stirrer, bamboo knives, spoons, forks, etc. These usually come in a set including a bamboo stirrer, spoon, fork, straw, knife, and chopsticks, all neatly packed in a jute carry bag. A cleaning tool is included too.
•Bamboo cutlery, be it bamboo stirrer, spoon, straws or chopping board is extremely light and portable.
•It is durable and does not break easily like plastic.
•It is completely compostable and lasts long if used properly.
•Bamboo contains anti-bacterial properties and is free of toxins.
The fact that bamboo is an extremely sustainable material makes it perfect for producing disposable items like bamboo stirrers, forks, takeaway containers, etc.
There are numerous ways to use cutlery items made out of bamboo. First comes the single-use scenario.
Items like bamboo stirrer and other cutlery can replace the plastic ones in restaurants, cafes, and other food joints. Such single-use items can then easily be thrown away for composting. Bamboo decomposes very quickly and actually adds nutrients to the soil.
Then there’s the ‘reuse’ situation. You can buy your own high-quality bamboo plates, lunchbox, straw, bamboo stirrer, etc., and carry it everywhere you go. This way, you can refuse plastic cutlery at eateries and use your own eco-friendly cutlery. You will also avoid infections that could happen from poorly-washed utensils at smaller food joints.
Using bamboo cutlery like bamboo stirrer at home is also an ideal option. Being strong and durable, bamboo utensils will last years if you take care of them properly.
You need to know that every bamboo cutlery is different. How you need to care for it depends on how smooth it is, if it has been oiled, etc. If you’re using something as simple as a bamboo stirrer to stir your beverage, you can simply run it under the water and wipe it dry.
The general rule of thumb is to wash bamboo cutlery such as bamboo stirrer, straws, and spoons with a natural, mild dishwashing liquid and warm water. Once it is cleansed thoroughly, you can leave it to dry completely and only then store it away. Use only natural and organic cleaning liquids because they can potentially soak into the cutlery, especially the thinner bamboo stirrers.
Just like you would treat a chopping board made of timber or bamboo, you need to do a similar kind of seasoning on your bamboo stirrer and other cutlery. You can do this by rubbing coconut or olive oil on the bamboo cutlery periodically to make them last longer.
•Never allow your bamboo stirrer or plate or any other cutlery to sit in water or any liquid for extended periods. This could cause them to mold or weaken.
•Do not put bamboo cutlery in the dishwasher. The only way to clean the bamboo cutlery such as bamboo stirrer is by hand with warm soapy water.
•Don’t forget to dry it thoroughly.
With time, bamboo cutlery has become quite affordable. If you want to help save the planet, you should definitely start using it. You could begin with something as simple as a bamboo stirrer! Check out our popular bamboo products including , straws, spoons and bamboo stirrer on the Bifrost website.