If you care only about the planet on Earth Day, or during Earth Month, or when someone gives you the stink eye when you throw your recycling into the trash, you might want to consider that opting for a sustainable life doesn’t have to be the huge hurdle that you imagine. Small steps are often the key to seeing how every little bit helps.
Travelers are often inundated with plastic utensils and straws that are thrown away the moment they’re done with them. But what it someone made it easier for you to carry your own along, no matter where you went? The good news is that someone already has, and it’s Keep Wild Co. with the “Bring It” Utensil Kit.
Each kit contains a durable, polished, 18/0 stainless-steel fork and spoon (no sporks!). They’re also dishwasher safe, so if you use them on a daily basis at the office, you can toss them in the dishwasher when you get home. Same deal if you’re a big Airbnb person or other vacation rental community.
Also included are wood chopsticks and a stainless steel bent reusable straw with straw cleaner. All these items are dishwasher safe, too. Top it off with a highly absorbent (and washable) cloth napkin made of 100-percent organic cotton and low impact dyes.
If you need a stainless-steel knife if your kit, it’s an easy step to add one to any kit for $10 extra. There are three color options for your flatware: standard stainless, gold, or black.
One of the best things about these utensil kits is that they’re contained in a pouch made in Hawaii of recycled surf contest banners, making use of waste that would otherwise be left in landfill and oceans.
I keep my kit in my carry-on when traveling, to use on the plane and then transfer to a day pack or purse when I get where I’m going. At home, it’s always in my purse or commuter bag, so I always have earth-friendly utensils at my fingertips.
Snag a kit for yourself, but also consider them for gifts, because the more we all shed single-use plastics, the better for everyone.
Each kit lists for $48 (with the option to add a knife for $10 extra), and come in a variety of pouch colors and styles, based on the surf contest banner theme that’s used. Get them on the Keep Wild Co. website.