It’s really disappointing, isn’t it? You go to your local café, concept store or craft store, hoping to start your journey to zero waste. “This will be my last straw, my last spoon, my last fork,” you tell yourself. But displayed among the racks are rows and rows of metal and bamboo single-use alternatives… individually packaged in plastic. You pick up a bamboo cutlery set (spoon, fork, straw, and chopsticks — each one individually packed in OPP (Oriented Polypropylene) plastic. You’re already there, and at the nudge of convenience you pay for it and go home.
Seeing the trend, the initiative is good — but doesn’t it defeat the purpose? We’ve been seeing lots of online stores, cafés and concept stores selling their reusable alternatives individually packed in plastic.
Our manufacturers are friends and their CEOs are our personal contacts. And we’ve always told them never to use single use OPP plastic sleeves and pouches when delivering our supplies to us. Our metal straws arrive to us straight from the factory — in cardboard boxes, held in bundles by rubber bands (which we reuse for making our shampoo bars and packaging our straws and pencils for delivery, too.) For other items such as glass and bamboo alternative items, they come to us wrapped in newspaper or plain wrapping paper (big sheets of newsprint) which we reuse for our packaging as well. It’s really easy. All you have to do is ask. We just hope that sellers can be more mindful of where you source your supplies.