Monday, July 20, 2009

Going Green Idea: Eco-Friendly Travel Chopsticks

Sure those disposable chopsticks that you get in little paper sleeves at restaurants and Asian Delis are convenient and disposable, probably even recyclable, but I wanted to share a little gadget with those of you who would like to be more eco-friendly. Instead of using disposable chopsticks why not travel with your own pair that you can use, wash and reuse again and again and again?

It's so easy to do. There are 3 types of travel chopsticks that I am aware of. The first pictured here is a plastic box with a sliding lid and only costs a few dollars.

This type of travel container comes in two sizes, standard and slightly smaller.

It weighs almost nothing and is so easy to just toss into your purse or keep in the glove box of your car. After each use just wash, dry and place back in the container for the next time. I've carried variations of this type of case for years.

This year I found a more compact and elegant case.

With a hinged lid and a demi pair of chopsticks inside it fits into my smaller purses because it doesn't take as much space as the standard length black sliding container above. It's hard to see in the photo but the last few inches to the tip are slightly textured so that you can hold food more easily with them.

Great idea?

And the fanciest of all are these Collapsible Travel Chopsticks (on the Think Geek website) that you actually screw together for each use. Also far pricier at $30 - $40 I haven't been tempted to get a pair like this because I'd probably lose them, break them or forget them at some restaurant and they'd get thrown away.

At $5.25 this plastic collapsible style is probably more my speed.

Of course the beauty with chopsticks is that they can also take the place of plastic forks so you can avoid using throwaway chopsticks and forks! It may not seem like a big deal but if you eat out enough I'm sure those little utensils add up faster then we realize.

For me it's just one small effort I make to be more earth friendly :)

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Events by Evonne said...

What a great idea, Stacie! Will have to remember that the next time we go out to eat!