Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bring Your Own Reusable Utensils

Every time we visit my parents in Vancouver, Canada, we always spend a lot of time eating out. This Chinese girl is Chinese-food deprived, down here in the Florida Keys! Some of the tastiest dishes aren't always found in sit-down restaurants. A few of our favorite places can be found in the food courts of the suburban Asian shopping malls.

Alas, I am always blown away by the amount of garbage generated by the patrons of those food courts. Just imagine every customer using a Styrofoam noodle bowl, a plastic soup spoon, and a pair of disposable chopstics. How many bowls, spoons, and chopsticks are used in one lunch hour? One day? One week? One month? You see where I'm going with this.

Next time we visit, however, we will be prepared! Check out The Chopstick Buddy! It's available in a variety of colors, and feel free to choose a Boy Buddy or a Girl Buddy. The Chopstick Buddy comes with a pair of chopsticks, or feel free to insert any other pair of chopsticks in the stretchy, silicone feet. Kaylee and I lucked out today, and found these at our local discount store. She's three, and could definitely use a little help learning to use chopsticks. As for me, I had a nasty bout with meningitis as a teen, and suffered permanent nerve damage to my right shoulder. I've since had to learn to do most everything left-handed; including eating with chopsticks. That still proves to be difficult, so I bought myself a Chopstick Buddy, too ;)

We're not done there with just reusable chopsticks. Check out the Micro 5-in-1 Utensil Set by Guyot Designs. Sierra Trading Post is having a mega sale on these awesome reusable utensils. Not only does each set serve as a perfect-sized and very functional spoon, fork, knife, spreader, and spatula; they are made from reclaimed nylon, and actually have a carbon-negative footprint! The two pieces also lock together securely for easy transport. I ordered a few sets for us, and for stocking stuffers. We're now ready to lessen our carbon footprint a little more :)

Chopstick Buddy photo courtesy of
Micro 5-in-1 Utensil Set photo courtesy of

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