If you’re anything like me, few things get my “green dander up” as much as plastic cutlery. The stuff is everywhere and millions of these non-recyclable, non-biodegradable plastic pieces end up in the trash and oceans every year. The question is, do we have other options?
Yes, of course, we do!
Chefast Disposable Wooden Cutlery
In this review, we take a closer look at Chefast Disposable Wooden Cutlery. These biodegradable forks, spoons, knives, and mini-spoons are a good non-plastic option for disposable partyware.
What’s in the Chefast Cutlery Kit?
This kit is pretty impressive. It comes with a total of 250 wooden pieces, including 100 forks, 50 spoons, 50 knives and 50 mini spoons. It also includes two cardboard organizers and a nice canvas storage bag. Although the organizers look pretty good, I chose to use my own organizer to keep the spoons, forks, and knives more separated and I was very pleased with how nice they looked on the table.
What Kind of Wood Do They Use?
From their Amazon listing, the manufacturer says they use, “Resilient yet chemical-free, 100% natural birch.” The wood feels like a very smooth popsicle stick and is comfortable in your hand.
How is Birchwood More Eco-friendly?
Unlike plasticware which is both non-recyclable and non-biodegradable, Chefast boasts that all of their wooden utensils will break down naturally in about 90 days when composted, even in backyard compost piles.
This is a huge improvement over “compostable” plastic-type partyware which although it is technically “compostable,” it is ONLY compostable in an industrial composting facility.
Does Birchwood Cutlery Compost Well?
After using them, I expect that they will break down well in the compost pile, but I am repurposing them first. They make perfect garden markers and once they have lost their usefulness I will compost them and let you know.
What I Like About Wooden Cutlery
This wooden cutlery set has a lot of things going for it, making it a very good plastic-free option:
- In addition to being biodegradable and backyard compostable, I love that even if it ends up as accidental litter, it won’t harm wildlife.
- It is strong and works really well for outside events where disposable is often needed.
- It looks great. I think the wood is very stylish and is beautiful in comparison to plastic which often looks cheap and tacky.
- At under $18 for 250 pieces on Amazon, it’s an affordable plastic-free option.
What I Don’t Like About Wooden Cutlery
I have very few complaints about this wooden cutlery set:
- I used the wooden cutlery at a family party and the only complaint was that the wood feeling in your mouth takes a little getting used to. In comparison to plastic, it feels more like a very smooth popsicle stick. Not a bad feeling, just a different one. (I expect that if I didn’t ask for opinions, no one would have complained!)
- This brand uses too much plastic in their packaging for such a great an eco-friendly product. I would like to encourage the company to consider separating the utensils with unbleached paper wrapping instead of individual plastic bags.
What’s the Bottom Line? Would You Use It Again?
Yes! Wooden cutlery is a great alternative to plasticware if you are having an event where disposable is necessary.
For a smaller event, like our family parties of 20-25 people, I will choose reusable metal first, but wood is a very eco-friendly alternative when metal isn’t an option.
Ready to try wooden cutlery for your next event?
You can buy it here on Amazon: Chefast Wooden Cutlery Set
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Many thanks to the Chefast company for sending me a complimentary set of their disposable wooden cutlery for this review. But be assured, all of the opinions in this review are mine from my personal experience with the product. Darlene
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