easy carry no waste cutlery set

Contactless travel cutlery

Lunch on the go – not a thing we might think about in isolation at the moment, but giving my bag a tidy out this week I thought folks might like to see my super handy home made travel lunch kit. Of course, with contactless food pickup, it is also a way to be totally sure of where your eating tools have been.

It started with taking Mr 15 out for a sushi lunch, and when it arrived with another paper napkin, plastic cutlery, straw and bottled water, we thought ‘we don’t need all this stuff’.

home made travel cutlery kit

My mum made me a 10 inch zipper pouch.

The pouch was made by my mum using one of my favourite blue fabrics. Thanks mum xx You can find them for sale in our garden shop, here. This is what is inside (but of course include anything you like):

  • A linen napkin from the local op-shop (thrift store). I use it to wipe cutlery and cleanups after a meal. I have another couple that I can sub-in quickly when this one is chucked into the wash.
  • A pair of plastic chopsticks – yes plastic I know but I have had these for more than 15 years and they are small and handy… why waste them and buy more?
  • Two little plastic spoons from our local gelataria, cause we love going there so much but not a fan of disposable plastic spoons. Two because gelato is much more fun with a friend. We just kept a pair and use them over and over.
  • Two metal straws – the cleaner brush is at home.
  • A full size knife and fork from home. It’s so easy to just take home and replace. There doesn’t seem any point to disposable stuff all the time. I have a spoon too but it went into the wash and I forgot to include it in the photo.

I did try to use a pencil case but found them a smidge too short to use full size knife and fork. Mum to the rescue – haha. If you don’t want to break a set of cutlery at home, you could always grab some at the op-shop to use.

We now stock these Travel Cutlery zip Pouches in the gift section of our Garden Store. Check them out 🙂


Plastic Footprints

Even if we stopped making virgin plastic right now, there would still be enough out in the world to last us forever. Time to get it back.

Step one is to accept the reality that you cannot throw plastics away, because THERE IS NO ‘AWAY’,

We use mostly metal, timber and glass and prefer items that can be repaired. Also, products and packaging that can be deconstructed at the end of useful life to recycle materials separately.

Step Two is reduce consumption and illuminate where and how plastics enter your life.

Though in reality we can’t remove plastic entirely, we can avoid using it for short term purposes or foods that will be heated. Choose plastic tools, containers etc to last 10 years plus and make them earn their keep.

We prefer companies that use recycled/reclaimed/sequestered plastic content in their manufacture. We’ve purchased reclaimed plastic products from local manufacturing companies that source materials from reclaimed waste.

Replas Lyrebird bench: made from reclaimed plastic.

Step Three is to become more responsible about how we use and repair what we have, and become responsible for the remaining plastics we own and recycle.

Beyond reducing consumption, two years ago, we did an audit of the plastics we found unavoidable. This included soft plastic packaging and older items we had for years and retired during the year. We logged items for 12 weeks, then took an average and multiplied it by 52 to get an approximate annual plastic footprint, in kilograms.
There are in increasing number of companies that specialise in reclaimed plastic. Seek them out and support them. They are the key to a circular economy future. In our part of the world, REPLAS is a valuable ally.
They have a wide range of products that are sturdy, practical, long-lasting, and sequester reclaimed plastic.

Even if we stopped making virgin plastic right now, there would still be enough out in the world to last us forever. Time to get it back.

Revealing our own plastic footprint

We decided to invest in sequestered plastic product to the weight of our audited usage, as a price signal to developing demand industries in our state. Further, to be more socially and financially responsible for the impact our plastic use has on our environment. We have two long benches that together make up 10 years of personal plastics use.


REPLAS has many designs, but these simple ones suit the old school where we live. If in the future we don’t need any more reclaimed plastic items ourselves, we will use this method to donate and recommend to local groups who need benches, tables, bollards…

If you are procure for community groups, schools or councils, choose sequestered plastic products

For our boys, it has made our plastic consumption real, and helped illuminate the hidden plastic consumption all around us. This is our ACTIVITY over ACTIVISM, and it is positively infectious.