Plastic Utensils

Put in Garbage/Landfill

Plastic utensils belong in the garbage– including options that claim to be compostable.

When disposable utensils are needed, look for options that are fiber-based (wooden chopsticks for example). Those can be composted and belong in the organics.

Too Small to Recycle

Plastic utensils are too small to recycle. They will fall through cracks in sorting machinery. Toss them in the garbage.

Ways to Reduce

Pack Reusable Utensils

Reduce plastic waste by packing a pair of to-go utensils for on-the-go meals. Metal or bamboo utensils such as To-Go Ware are best. Visit To-Go Ware’s online shop.


Choose Reusable for Parties

Provide guests with reusable utensils when entertaining. Dishes only need to be washed once, whereas plastic will be around long after we’re gone.

Reusable Packaging For Businesses

Check out Upstream’s catalog of reusable packaging and unpackaging innovators that provide ways for consumers to obtain products, mostly food and beverages, in returnable, reusable, or refillable packaging – or they deliver products to consumers unpackaged altogether.

Did You Know?

Compostable Utensils: Not the Most Eco-Friendly of Them All?

Out of all types of utensils — compostable, plastic and reusable — compostables are advertised as being the most eco-friendly. However, reusable utensils are still the front-runner because they last for so long and are easily recycled at the end of their life.