In the summertime, when the sun is shining, the grass is green, and every body of water is shimmering, we tend to think a lot about our world and how to preserve the natural beauty we’re enjoying so much. We’re always looking for any small way to be more sustainable in our extensive but necessary use of the planet’s resources. One small way, which may not be so small at all, is to dispense with disposable flatware that we cannot recycle. While the plastic options here at Smarty Had a Party are recyclable, our eco-friendly offerings go further, allowing you to add them to your compost heap. How is compostable cutlery better for the environment than the disposable plastic options we’re so familiar with? Allow us to explain.
Producing Less Plastic
The world converts hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil each day in order to manufacture the various plastic products the market demands. What will happen when we no longer have the supply to meet the demand? If we cannot increase our supply—there is only so much oil in the ground, after all—we can reduce our demand by shifting away from plastic products where we can. The rise of compostable cutlery makes disposable plastic flatware quite superfluous.
Less Energy To Produce
Not only do we use so many barrels of petroleum as a raw material in plastic production, but the process is energy-intensive and draws upon great amounts of heat and electricity. Much of this energy is also derived from fossil fuels. With the production of plastic comes significant energy consumption and subsequent pollution, from carbon dioxide emissions to other harmful greenhouses gases associated with manufacturing. Producing compostable cutlery requires a small fraction of the energy necessary to produce plastics. While those savings won’t show up on your energy bills, they do represent a major assist to our planet.
Back To the Earth
What does plastic do in the ground? A whole lot of nothing. Polystyrene, while recyclable, is not biodegradable, meaning that if it should end up in the landfill with the rest of your garbage, it’ll stay there for good. Rather than letting plastic waste stay idle underground, why not use disposable goods that not only remain part of the cycle but also don’t require further processing in recycling? Compostable cutlery is better for the environment because they make this possible. Simply dispose of your compostable cutlery in your compost heap and let nature take its course, breaking the natural materials back down into soil you can use the compost on your lawn or garden.
Clear the Table and Start Composting
It’s time to make the switch to compostable cutlery. The birchwood we use in our eco-friendly flatware is strong, resilient, biodegradable, and compostable. After you’ve used these forks, spoons, and knives, simply send them to your compost heap for helpful bacteria to start the process of returning these products to the earth—no heavy machinery necessary.