a disposable spoon and knife alongside a metal fork, spoon and knife

5 Options for Reusable Cutlery

Week 9

We've established that disposable utensils are a problem, now let's take a look at a few options you have for reusable cutlery.

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Use what you have

utensils divider full of silverwear

The cheapest and most environmentally friendly option is always to use what you have. Why not borrow a few of your utensils for the day and throw them in the dishwasher when you come home at night.

Buy secondhand

pile of unmatched silverwear

You could also buy second hand at a thrift store or garage sale. I've gotten an entire bag of silverwear from Goodwill for $5.00.


metal spork

Sporks are a great option as they are compact and do the work of two utensils. You can find sporks at any store that carries camping supplies.


bamboo utensils and glass straw with case

Bamboo utensils are completely biodegradable! The set in the picture is from Simply Straws , but I've seen a lot of cute options at Etsy. One big bonus to bamboo is that the knives can be taken on planes.


Outlery is a popular option for travel utensils because at 3.2" x 2.5" x 0.8", it is extremely compact. Outlery utensils are stainless steel and their products are completely plastic free.

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