Decide To Reduce Single Use Plastic: Urban Camping Cutlery
Since the beginning of my working life, I have used plastic cutlery at lunch nearly every weekday. I made the switch to a reusable coffee mug and water bottle awhile back, but I just kept throwing the cutlery away. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) estimates that just one person uses up to 466 pieces of plastic cutlery every year. I needed to fix my part in this!
I grew up in a family that loves the outdoors and are enthusiastic campers. One thing campers are good at is packing in and packing out. I learned at a young age that you always leave your campsite better than you found it. The solution was right in front of me; not just in the pack-in and pack-out mentality but in the camping equipment itself.
I recently purchased a metal camping knife, fork, spoon and bottle opener that folds down compactly. It even has a sleeve so it doesn’t snag anything else in my bag. In order to keep my new urban camping gear clean, I brought a dishtowel and some washing up liquid into the office. Given the towel will only be used to dry a clean piece of cutlery, it’s going to be awhile until I need to bring it home for laundering.
Yes, I will need to use water to wash the cutlery, so it’s not completely neutral. The beginning of this TED Talk highlights the embodied energy that goes into the simple task of wiping up a counter and it continues to amaze me.
As with all of the decisions I am making, the key will be in turning the use of my new urban camping cutlery into a habit. I recommend The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, if you haven’t yet read it.
Resources for Curious Minds
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg