Disposable cutlery refers to single-use utensils made from materials like plastic, wood, or compostable materials.
They offer convenience and are widely used in picnics, takeaway restaurants, and large-scale events.
In recent years, concerns about sustainability have led to the use of biodegradable alternatives to plastic for disposable cutlery: as of October 2023 single-use plastic cutlery can no longer be sold in the UK.
Instead, eco-friendly cutlery made from compostable plant starches, or food-grade wood, provide an alternative without the long-term environmental impact.
Disposable cutlery serves a practical purpose in situations where traditional, reusable utensils may not be feasible.
However, with increasing environmental awareness, the shift towards more sustainable options is crucial in reducing waste and minimising the ecological footprint associated with single-use items.