Paper plates are not eco-friendly enough if you are still passing around those single-use plastic spoons and forks for your picnics and birthday parties. “Single-use” and “disposable” ring the bell for convenience but not for our environment. Like other plastic products, plastic cutlery takes many hundred years to break down. Coupled with our irresponsible waste disposal, we become the number one threat to our own planet.
According to the Ocean Conservancy, plastic cutlery items are the “most deadly” to marine life and even birds because these wildlife creatures mistake them for food. Bodies of water polluted with disposable plastic cutlery contaminate not only the home of marine life but also our domestic and industrial sources of water.
How about our wildlife and land environment? They are not exempted from the dangers of these non-compostable garbage, either. Whenever you conduct outdoor activities like camping trips or zoo and wildlife reserves trips, bringing packaged food is a necessity. The most economical option to go for is to buy fast food because it is cheap, pre-packed and can last for the whole trip. Fast food conveniently comes with plastic packaging and of course, plastic cutlery. By the end of the trip, you don’t carry these used containers and utensils back home for recycling and disposal; worst-case scenario, we leave them behind at the wildlife we are supposed to protect.
In the latest release from the Australian Bureau of Statistics for 2018-2019, about 3% of the total waste generated was plastic waste (approximately 2.5 million tons). Only 9% (227,000 tons) was sent to be recycled while 84% (2.1 million tons) was sent to landfills; thus, it explains why plastics are also among the waste categories with the lowest recovery rate.
Majority of plastics are made with materials, e.g. propylene and ethylene, sourced from fossil fuels. The entire process of extraction and shipping of fossil fuels, as well as the production of plastics, requires lots of energy and emits a huge chunk of the greenhouse gases in our planet. This means, from the beginning to the end of its life cycle, plastic leaves a huge carbon footprint on earth.
We don’t have to let our environment go to waste. Small, wiser decisions can go a long way. The better option? Forego plastic and go eco-friendly.
At Bonnie Bio, we are pushing forward a more responsible alternative – a compostable cutlery set. This set comes with an eco-friendly spoon, fork and knife which are all compostable and environmentally friendly. If you are looking for an eco-friendly cutlery in Australia, check out our eco-cutlery set and more eco-friendly products.
How Long Does Compostable Cutlery Take to Decompose?
Bonnie Bio boasts of its product line — all of which are able to break down with other natural materials. Our eco-friendly cutlery are not just biodegradable cutlery; they are compostable. When we say “compostable”, our cutlery is made of materials that readily decompose into organic components, free of harmful chemicals all throughout the breakdown process and able to contribute nourishment to the soil and environment.
Depending on storage conditions, the Bonnie Bio eco cutlery set can last up to 12-18 months if stored in a cool, dark and dry place. In the same way, depending on what type of composting method or technology is used (e.g., open landfill, locked landfill, garden compost pit, etc), we can speed up the degradation process. The decomposition process is affected by external and environmental conditions, such as exposure to sunlight (UV light) and oxygen. Exposure to UV rays and air will cause the eco cutlery pieces to decompose faster.
Our eco-friendly cutlery degrades efficiently within 3-6 months and, as mentioned previously, exposure to high temperature or UV light favours the breakdown process. This makes our biodegradable cutlery and plates the better, eco-friendly alternative. Most synthetic plastics take a very long time to decompose and may even release harmful chemicals to leach into the soil.
Bonnie Bio’s biodegradable cutlery set is also home compostable! Our products are made of an eco-friendly natural material that can decompose along with your garden waste in the most favourable conditions. Together with Bonnie Bio products, we can ease the environmental burden of landfilling and burning plastics by reducing the quantity of garbage collected from homes.
What Are Compostable Cutlery Made Of?
Bonnie Bio’s compostable and biodegradable utensils are made of a material called PLA or polylactic acid. PLA, commonly called corn plastic, is a plant-based hydro-biodegradable plastic. Unlike synthetic plastics, PLA is made of renewable raw materials. It is made of plant sugars from crops, such as maize, cassava, sugarcane or sugar beet pulp, by the process of fermentation. PLA production, therefore, requires less energy and contributes a lower carbon footprint compared to fossil fuel-based plastics.
We specifically use cornstarch for our eco-friendly spoons, forks, knives and plates. This makes our products carbon-neutral, biodegradable and compostable. Compared to synthetic plastics, PLA also absorbs heat and moisture better.
All of these eco-friendly qualities and yet, PLA-made products are high quality and as durable as their single-use plastic counterparts. You get both durability and biodegradability in one package. Guilt-free and convenient for the environment!
About Bonnie Bio
Bonnie Bio is all about pushing for biodegradable and compostable plastic alternatives. All of our products are certified and compliant with the international standards. We offer a wide range of eco-friendly, bio-based, biodegradable products that are toxin-free and without chemical additives. Our product range includes the following:
- Compostable bin liners and bags
- Compostable straws and cutlery
- Disposable gloves
- Compostable food storage
- Compostable dog poop bags.