Over the past few weeks, I’ve come across a few useful products for eating and drinking while out in the world to avoid plastic cutlery and water bottles.
The first is a great stainless steel water bottle called the Klean Kanteen. It’s a little heavier than a plastic bottle, but not by much. And it’s stainless steel, so there are no worries about plastic leaching into the water. There is a bit of plastic on the top of the stainless steel lid, but it’s pretty minimal I think. I bought mine at the Ecology Center in Berkeley yesterday and have been using it all day today. I really like the way it feels. The bottle comes in 4 sizes: 12oz, 18oz, 27oz, & 40oz. I bought the 27 oz bottle, and it fits perfectly into the pocket on the side of my backpack.
Also at the Ecology Center yesterday, I got Michael a stainless steel KFS (knife, fork & spoon) set to carry in his messenger bag. I can’t point you to a web site because I’m not sure what brand this is, but they are readily available in military surplus stores. The design of this one is beautiful because the fork and spoon slide into a holder built into the handle of the knife. It’s a nice weight, too. Not flimsy.
And the prettiest thing I found was this ToGoWare bamboo utensil set at Rainbow Grocery. Okay, it was a bit pricey, but so sweet. I love that it includes chopsticks in addition to the knife, fork, and spoon. And the holder is produced by WEAVE, a women’s cooperative on the Thai/Burmese border. I think I’ll enjoy using these as an alternative to plastic. I just hope I can remember to put it back in my backpack when I’m done and not leave it in the restaurant (like I left my iPod in that cab, and I left my sunglasses on the side of the road somewhere, and I left a container of homemade pesto on BART, and I almost lost my cell phone during the Bay to Breakers….)