Disposable Utensils: What Are Your Options?

When it comes to disposable utensils, you have many options and sometimes you don’t really know how to choose.

Well first of all, don’t forget to pick an eco-friendly solution! You have many different materials you can choose from so don’t settle for plastic that is not good for the environment.

What kind of material would be better? Let us give you a tour of our different eco-friendly solutions for your disposable utensils needs. Not only they all are elegant and functional, but they are also made of materials that are conform to norm EN13432 of the European Biodegradability Standard.

210CVBAK3-no-watermark100% biodegradable, bamboo cutlery add a unique touch to any food that they are served with. Including mini forks and spoons, tongs and our unique and adorable pre-filled mini bamboo salt and pepper shakers, our bamboo cutlery collection offers a more refined and stylish silverware alternative. Fastest growing plant on the planet, growing as large as 24 inches every day with zero chemicals and little water, Bamboo is our most popular material.

210COUVB4-no-watermarkBeautiful and made from a fully renewable resource, our wood cutlery collection is fully compostable and includes several unique wood pieces, including beginners’ fork-chopsticks, ice cream spoons and cocktail forks. Rustic and chic, our birch, poplar or pinewood items will add a smooth and sophisticated touch to your tableware presentation in a very Eco-friendly way.

cornstarch-cutleryLast but not least, Cornstarch PLA utensils look like they are made of plastic but are 100% biodegradable and compostable. Eco-friendly alternative to plastic, cornstarch makes refined, nicely finished and heavy duty cutlery that are also very economical. Once converted to a thermoplastic polyester known as PLA, cornstarch is strong just like regular plastic only it is completely compostable. Though PLA is a versatile material that can be used in a variety of ways, it can’t withstand high temperatures.

Disposable utensils have the bad image of being environmentally unfriendly but made of wood, bamboo and cornstarch our cutlery lines are natural and biodegradable.

Now you hold all the cards to make your choice when it comes to disposable utensils!

See more Eco-friendly products at www.packnwood.com  

What Is Organic Gardening?

Many people are interested in gardening, and especially in organic gardening which is pretty much the same besides the fact that no fertilizers or pesticides are used on plants and that organic gardeners are trying to reduce resources the garden consumes. With the weather that we have had in the past couple of weeks, there is no doubt about the fact that summer is here and it means that it is definitely the perfect time for gardening. Whether you have a garden in your backyard or smaller containers on your balcony or rooftop, you might be interested in organic gardening but don’t know where to begin so here are a couple of tips to take into consideration when gardening for a flourishing organic garden.

  1. If you have a compost bin, mix compost with your regular garden soil.
  2. Don’t forget to plant your vegetables in different spots of your garden every year. It helps to prevent pests.
  3. Use natural compost: it has more nutrients for the soil, will prevent weeds, maintain moisture levels and attract beneficial earthworms. You should also fertilize our soil with organic materials such as coffee ground, shellfishes’ shells or tea.
  4. Try to limit pests and diseases by choosing diseases-resistant plants or by practicing what is called companion planting. Companion planting is the planting of different plants next to each other.
  5. Prefer to water early in the morning in order to save water.

Also keep in mind that gardeners spend about 5 hours on average in the garden every week! One last advice: the best way to have a successful and flourishing garden is to go with seasonal plants and vegetables. To help you with that the National Gardening Association features a seasonal one every month on their website! For instance the feature of August is growing sweet melon. For sweet melons that ripen weeks before the threat of frost, try these tips in your garden:

  • Plant seedlings two weeks early under hot caps.
  • Start saving large tin cans, such as coffee cans.
  • When the vines take off, pinch off the fuzzy ends to concentrate the plants’ energy into producing flowers and fruit, rather than more vine.
  • As the melons form, bury the tin cans near them. Place the cans open end down, deep enough so they won’t tip over.
  • When the melons are the size of baseballs, gently lift them onto the cans. Sunlight warms the metal cans, and the heat is transferred to the melons, ultimately making for sweeter melons. The elevated fruits are off the cool ground, in full sun above their foliage.
  • Near the end of summer, pick off any little green melons you know won’t ripen before a frost. The remaining fruit will finish ripening faster and better.

Now that you know how to grow an organic garden, check out our blog post about Eco-friendly cooking! The whole point of having a great organic garden is to be able to eat healthier and go greener!