In this article we’d like to turn your attention to one common ecological problem in the fast food industry- the use of plastic cutlery. Plenty of restaurant and takeaway owners will tell you they don’t have a choice as the law here in Bulgaria is that if your place is registered as a takeaway one, then one cannot serve meals and drinks with reusable cutlery. True unfortunately.
But what does that mean for the end customer?Chemicals such as bisphenol A and pthalates leaching into food and drinks. Although the usage of plastic cutlery has been defined as “safe”, is this actually the case?
Among all the other plastic substances that get into our food, BPA stands out for its ability to disrupt the functions of hormones- especially estrogen, according to Laura Vandenberg, PhD in Biology at Tufts University in Boston. Pthalates have also been known for causing reproductive problems for men (Hoffman 2009).
The interesting over here is not the facts about the harm of plastic leaching into food, it’s the fact that consumers are aware of this harm but are not taking any action. Why is that?
According to Mr. Narayana Peesapaty(2016), people are lacking other options. Well, he himself made the most innovative, revolutionary alternative – Edible Cutlery!
Light, tasty, crunchy and funky, that product automatically solves the problem of disposing plastic cutlery by serving the important function of providing nutrition. But let’s not bore you with long information. Let’s compare:
Easy from a personal point of view but with harmful consequences for the environment
Easy, one can eat the spoon or let it out to decompose, decomposes in 4-5 days
Leaves a bad taste when used during food consumption
Serves the purpose of a nutritious millet bread or biscuit added to your meal
Because of the chemicals it contains and which leach into food, it can lead to cancer, damages of the nervous tissue and hormonal disruptions
Beneficial when consumed after one finishes his/her meal as one spoon contains fibre, iron, protein, calcium, etc.
Consequences for the Environment
Takes more than 800 to decompose, polluting streets, landfills and oceans and poisoning marine life and stray animals
Takes 4-5 days to decompose and acts as a
We made our choice…did you?
Hoffman, M., 2009. Pots, Pans, and Plastics: A Shopper’s Guide to Food Safety. WebMD [online] Available from: here [Accessed 11/05/2017]