Tell us more about these recycled plastic cutlery sets
Our recycled plastic cutlery sets are perfect to use when you’re at the beach for the day, out camping, out for a picnic, or just in the garden! We’ve used them ourselves after a hike in the Lake District, and we couldn’t have been happier with them! They even come in a range of four eye-catching colours to choose from.
These cool cutlery sets are made from 100% recycled, polypropylene (PP) plastic and are BPA free so you can guarantee that they’re safe to use over, and over again. To make them even better, they’re dishwasher friendly! So, after a good day of adventuring, or hosting a BBQ (if you get lucky with the weather!), you can just chuck them in the dishwasher and chill out for the evening.
Have you got matching items?
Yes! We have created the ‘Go Outside’ range, to encourage adults and children to get outside more. In this range, we have two sets of recycled plastic tableware products, the Adventure Set and the Al Fresco Set. Both sets are made from 100% recycled food-grade plastic and are BPA free. Like the cutlery sets, both the Adventure Set and Al Fresco set are durable, lightweight, reusable, made from recycled plastic and environmentally friendly. You can mix and match between the sets or pick your favourite!
Can they be used as garden tableware?
Absolutely. They’re lightweight and won’t chip or break as easily as other plastic cutlery, so you can pack them with you if you’re going out adventuring up a fell, round a lake, or maybe a picnic at the beach. Or use them at home if you have friends over, or as a bright splash of colour for the kids. They’re practical for everyday use and even dishwasher safe so you don’t have to scrub them when you’ve finished.
Why have you created recycled plastic cutlery?
Chimney Sheep HQ is based right on the edge of the Lake District, meaning we get to enjoy the beautiful outdoors much more than others. All the time spent outside made us realise one thing though – there really weren’t many eco-friendly, reusable plastic tableware options that would fit nicely inside our backpacks.
What we did find, were plenty of options for single-use plastic tableware, disposable paper plates or melamine picnicware sets (melamine is made under intense heat pressure and isn’t recyclable and is not particularly eco-friendly). So, we thought, let’s fix that! Let’s make reusable, lightweight cutlery made from 100% recycled plastic.
What seemed like a simple solution to the problem, turned out not to be so simple to create! To create these, we needed recycled food-grade plastic. A lot of food packaging gets recycled, so we thought that should be easy enough to source, right? Wrong! Turns out, it is very difficult to get, which seems non-sensical considering how much food-grade plastic we all recycle nowadays. The issue is that most food-grade plastic doesn’t get separated out. Anyway, long story short, after researching and contacting lots of suppliers we EVENTUALLY got our hands-on recycled food-grade plastic and here we are today, with our fantastic reusable, recycled plastic cutlery!
Why is it important to use recycled plastic?
As we are probably all aware, plastics take an awful lot of energy to create, aren’t easy to dispose of and are generally not so great for the environment. Plastic isn’t all bad though. It is a useful material in lots of contexts – it’s hardy, long-lasting and lightweight. That’s what makes it so great for our reusable plastic tableware. The issue comes when we continue to use virgin, disposable plastics.
Most of us now dutifully recycle most of our plastic waste. If we continue to recycle but then also continue to use virgin plastics, what is the point of recycling in the first place? Instead, it is important that we ‘close the loop’ and start using recycled plastics to make new things. As we said, plastic is a great material to use in lots of circumstances so if we have lots of plastic being recycled, then let’s use that stuff (and recycle and reuse again and again and again etc) for the items that plastic is great for, instead of continuing to create new virgin plastics. Common sense if you ask us!