It’s picnic time in Sydney. The local parks are full of people draping festive rugs on the ground. The lush pop of wine bottles being uncorked fills the air and the smell of swilled beer fills your nostrils. People munch on pies, chicken drumsticks, frittata and gourmet sandwiches filled with artichokes and freshly cut organic ham.
Laughter coats the land, children frolic, dogs sprawl in the sun. Someone starts a singalong. It’s an AC/DC number – high voltage rock’n’roll. Before long the whole park is singing.
So what is wrong with this picture? Nothing at all apart from the hundreds of plastic forks, spoons, polystyrene cups and plates left behind once the picnickers have gone. Over 40 billion polystyrene utensils are dumped in landfill each year. And guess what? They might be disposable but they’re not biodegradable.
But fear not, fair picnickers, there is an eco-friendly alternative known as vegware. It’s cutlery and tableware made from natural starch and fibres.
Knives, forks and spoons are made from corn and potato starch; and plates, bowls and spoons from cassava starch. The utensils are washable, heat resistant and biodegrade in up to 90 days.
So the next time you’re having a picnic in the park, don’t forget to eat with your vegies. And afterwards, when they begin to biodegrade, don’t panic and think the little piles of mashed goo are the poops of a mutant race of albino ponies – just think of how much you’ve done to reduce landfill!