The blog formerly known as   Fake Plastic Fish
July 17, 2007

Containers: Eating & drinking on the go

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….)
 

8 comments
Anonymous
Anonymous

Hey Beth, I think your site is fabulous! I like to buy the Starbucks Frappuccino's in those nice small glass bottles - I save them and re-fill them with my own made juice from home. In fact, I can make special concoctions from Pom pomegranate juice and orange juice or aloe vera straight juice (really inexpensive at Trader Joe's) and adding water for a flavored drink that is super healthy.Wondering if the Trader Joe's "plastic" bags are all that good or if we should encourage TJ's to carry bags made in third world countries to support their economies as well as get away from "plastics"?Keep up the good work - recycling is contagious!Judy N. (I work with Michael)

nichole
nichole

Beth, it's more I'm afraid I'll leave it and someone will go "wow! this is cool...finders keepers!" and not bring it to the desk. In reality, my gym is far from scary . . .

terrible person
terrible person

Hey, here's an article from the New York Times about reusable versus plastic bags. Reusable bags are becoming high (and high-priced) fashion. According to the article, we throw away 100 billion bags a year, recycling only 1 percent. Wait, is that right? 300 million Americans -- that means over 300 a year apiece -- even babies? One almost every day? OK. I guess. But then, plenty of people must use fewer, so some people throw away two a day....ugh!!And how many paper bags, I wonder?Michael

Michelle Verges
Michelle Verges

I have two SIGG bottles, which are made from aluminum, so they're not heavy at all...they're much better than using plastic bottles. According to the Container Recycling Institute, Americans consume approximately 28 billion water bottles each year. That's a staggering statistic I'd rather not contribute to. And I second Rider's comment: www.reusablebags.com offers a great selection of bottles and other eco-friendly merchandise. :0)M

sustainableisgood
sustainableisgood

I love my Klean kanteen i carry it with me every day works great. reusable bags in chicago has good prices on them. I also carry with me a snow peak knife fork spoon set which I find lightweight and excellent as well.rider

terrible person
terrible person

hey, why aren't there any updates today?I think you're getting lazy, and going to bed before 4 AM. You'll never save the world that way!

Beth in the Fake Plastic Fish Tank
Beth in the Fake Plastic Fish Tank

Nichole, what kind of scary gym do you belong to where people will steal your water bottle? That's too funny. I worry more about accidentally leaving mine somewhere because I'm prone to losing stuff.

nichole
nichole

I heart my klean kanteen. But I fear someone at the gym is going to snatch it up. One day I showed up to aerobics with a big mason jar.