Disposable plastic straws and cutlery are among the worst plastic pollutants. Just like plastic bags and bottles, disposable plastic straws and cutlery are usually used just once before they are thrown away. Consequently, they usually pile up in landfills or pollute the waterways and oceans.
However, it’s convenient to develop the habit of carrying your own cutlery set with you. There are lots of options, and you don’t necessarily need to spend any money. Simply, grab a stainless steel spoon, knife, and fork from your home cutlery set and keep them nicely rolled in a napkin to carry with you.
Alternatively, you can buy a bamboo cutlery set with a travel pouch, or stainless steel cutlery in a travel case to live plastic free. As for straws, we’ve seen videos of a sea turtle having a straw painfully removed from its nose. Why would we make animals suffer just for our temporary convenience? Either skip the straw or choose a reusable stainless steel straw if you need to use one.