Why is simply switching to disposable wooden utensils insufficient?

Single-use wooden utensils have emerged as a more responsible alternative as Americans become more aware of how their purchases affect the future of the environment. However, simply switching to disposable wooden utensils is insufficient. To have a positive impact on the environment, the utensils must be made from sustainably sourced wood. Unfortunately, not all manufacturers of wooden utensils take the necessary steps to make their entire supply chain environmentally friendly. The sustainability of wooden utensils depends on a few factors:

  • The type of wood utilized
  • The amount of energy required to turn wood into single-use utensils.
  • How the forests from which they are sourced are managed and harvested

Plants mature at different rates. Birch trees and bamboo plants, for example, grow quickly, making them ideal for environmentally conscious manufacturers. After harvesting birch and bamboo, new trees are planted in their place, and the cycle begins again.

Product manufacturers have a responsibility to source materials in a sustainable manner, which necessitates the discovery of renewable resources that can be harvested, transformed, and replaced without consuming a lot of energy.

In theory, wooden utensils are always sourced in a sustainable manner because wood is a renewable resource that can be replenished by planting new trees.

ECOWOOD Store utensils are manufactured in Zhytomyr region, which is a part of Ukraine saturated with birch forests.

We are proud to state that our cutlery is made from FSC certified wood. This means that ECOWOOD Store does not exploit the riches of Ukrainian forests and harms their unique and vulnerable ecosystems.