It is no secret; our society is producing way too much plastic waste. Single use plastics are as convenient as they are toxic for our environment.
The food service industry is playing a big role in this scenario. Every year over 40 Billion pieces of disposable cutlery is used in the US alone. That is enough to circle the equator 300 times. But what happens with that cutlery once we are done eating? 79% of all plastic ends up in landfills or the natural environment, where it harms wildlife and takes up to 1,000 years to degrade. Ever year 1 Million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed from plastic in our oceans.
There is no question that this has to change! And we are changing. More and more people are of aware of the problem. Every day people say NO to plastic bags and plastic straws or they come together for beach clean ups and donate to the cause. If you are a business owner your reach is even larger. Restaurants, Yoghurt and Ice Cream places, Food trucks, Juice and Bowl Bars and even the Delis at the supermarket, all of them are handing out an average of 1,000 to 5,000 sets of disposable cutlery every month. Confronted with the issue, many of them are lacking alternatives to plastic disposables. Some switched to bio-degradable or compostable plastics, but even though these break down faster than regular plastic, they will leave a pile of micro plastics that washes into the Ocean or seeps into the ground with the next rain. The plastic industry is huge and very widely represented. They have no interest in replacing their products with more sustainable options.
“We started our company out of a conversation with friends that own restaurants and could not find alternatives to plastic disposables.” says Ina Henderson, Co-Founder of Foodstiks, LLC, in a recent interview with “Dining Out Radio”. Take Out food plays a big part in their daily business and disposable cutlery is at the core of this. “Currently, wood disposable cutlery is the only sustainable alternative to plastic disposables. Wood is 100% natural, 100% renewable and 100% compostable. That means when you throw our cutlery out, all that will be left of it, is a little pile of fertile soil in the matter of a few months. It is basically like throwing out an apple.” For that message Foodstiks won the price for “The Best New Product” at this years Florida Restaurant and Lodging show and extended its plans to service the whole US. Foodstiks are currently available as knives, forks, spoons and ice cream spoons. Everything is offered in their online store on www.foodstiks.com