By Andrew Liszewski
Sure they might be convenient, but did you know that white plastic disposable fork you got with your takeout that claims to be ‘biodegradable’ can still take 6+ months to decompose in a landfill? Granted it doesn’t make them any less convenient, but it does make these EcoTensils seem like a better alternative. At least for softer fast foods that are eaten with a spoon. The EcoSpoon, a larger version of the EcoTaster Mini demo’d in the photos above, is made from renewable paperboard with a waterproof finish like you’d find on a milk carton.
They start off life as a pre-cut, flat piece of paper (which are easier to ship and store than plastic spoons) but with a little folding and a couple of sticky spots, they easily become a usable spoon. And when they’re done being used they can be recycled or disposed of, since they’ll decompose in as little as 3 weeks. Interestingly enough, because they’re so flexible, they’re also a useful alternative for prisons since they make for poor shivs.