How Portable Cutlery Can Change Your Daily Eating Routine
Have you ever thought about carrying your own utensils? If you’re a commuter or a generally on-the-go person that tends to eat away from home, having a nice portable cutlery set can improve the quality of your life while reducing the plastic waste impact on our environment. Here are three quick reasons to start bringing your own portable cutlery set.
3 Reasons Why Carrying Your Own Portable Cutlery Set is Crucial
- Plastic Utensils Are Horrible for the Environment
- Sturdy Stainless-Steel Utensils are More Functional
- It Makes On the Go Snacking Easy and More Affordable
1. Plastic Utensils Are Horrible for the Environment
Did you know that in the United States alone, 40 BILLION plastic utensils are thrown out each year? The main reason for this is that plastic utensils are not recyclable.
This means that they will end up in landfills, landscapes, waterways, and oceans. And eventually, they will break down into microplastics, finding their way into our food and our bodies, forevermore. If you tell me, “Well, what about compostable plastic? Problem solved!" I’d respond, “Sorry, but the problem is not solved.”
Even certified compostable bioplastics require industrial facilities to have them properly broken down. Most of the country can’t afford to build infrastructure and service a new waste stream.
Read More: 3 Tips for a Waste Free Lunch at the Office
Most of these 'compostable' utensils are behaving the same way as regular plastics when discarded into landfills and nature. Reusing continues to be the tried and tested method of reducing waste.
Right next to your refillable water bottle, bringing your own portable cutlery set is one of the easiest ways to avoid single-use plastic. If you’re understandably nervous about cleaning your utensils in a Chipotle restroom, our portable cutlery is the only one on the market that comes with its own dishwasher.
2. Sturdy Stainless-Steel Utensils are More Functional
Now that we got the scary environmental facts out of the way, let’s talk about how to better enjoy your time eating. How many times have you gone out to grab a salad to have your fork bend and snap? This isn’t legally blonde, it's just annoying. Gone are the days of flimsy forks, bent spoons, and broken knives.
If you’re eating something a bit tougher that requires a significant cut, a dainty plastic knife is the last tool you’ll want in your arsenal. As a result, eating with stainless steel Cliffset utensils is like tearing through the Amazon with a strong, sturdy, sharp machete. Leave the flimsy stuff at home and take control of your meal like the hungry food explorer you are.
3. You'll Save Money in the Long Run
If you frequently find yourself buying food on the go, whether it’s a quick bite at a food truck or a prepared meal from the grocery store, the costs of take-out can quickly add up.
Over time, investing in your own reusable portable cutlery set will save you money. It makes on the go snacking easy and affordable. Carrying nice stainless steel utensils in a compact case is attune to having your kitchen drawer and dishwasher compactly stowed away in your day bag.
Read More: The Best and Most Sustainable Portable Cutlery
Not only will you be a little more excited to bring leftovers, you can also now grab fun yet affordable food items from the grocery store, prepare, and enjoy them anywhere without having to worry about dirty utensils. For some added fun, check out these light lunch or snack ideas that you could wrangle up depending on grocery store you stop into:
9 Quick Bite Ideas For On The Go
- Peanut butter on a fresh bagel from the bakery
- Avocado Toast on a fresh roll
- Make your own quick salad
- Yogurt or pudding cup (we love Petit Pot french pudding that's packaged in glass jars)
- Cutting up fruit otherwise difficult fruit like oranges, avocados, and mangos.
- Cheese and crackers. Impromptu charcuterie board in the park, anyone?
- Simple salami sandwich on a fresh roll or baguette
- Hot bar buffet from Whole Foods
Read More: This Easy Homemade Hummus is Delicious, Affordable, and Plastic-Free
The Best Portable Cutlery Set on the Market
While we don't like to toot our own horn, Cliffset is the best portable cutlery set on the market. And if that isn't enough it also comes with its own dishwasher to ensure clean eating no matter where you are. We spent months perfecting on-the-go travel silverware so you can eat wherever, whenever, without the guilt of impacting the environment.