Plastic Utensils Put in Garbage Cart/Bin Carry a set of reusable bamboo or stainless steel utensils that you can use on-the-go, so you don’t ever have to use plastic utensils. If you buy plastic utensils for a party or event, wash and store them to use later. While flimsy plastic utensils might not hold up over time, if you buy thicker utensils, you can get more uses before disposing of them. Too Small to Recycle Plastic utensils are too small to recycle. They will fall through cracks in sorting machinery. Toss them in the garbage. Ways to Reduce Choose Reusable for Parties Provide guests with reusable utensils when entertaining. Dishes only need to be washed once, whereas plastic will be around long after we’re gone. Reusable Packaging For Businesses Check out Upstream’s catalog of reusable packaging and unpackaging innovators that provide ways for consumers to obtain products, mostly food and beverages, in returnable, reusable, or refillable packaging – or they deliver products to consumers unpackaged altogether. Did You Know? Compostable Utensils: Not the Most Eco-Friendly of Them All? Out of all types of utensils — compostable, plastic and reusable — compostables are advertised as being the most eco-friendly. However, reusable utensils are still the front-runner because they last for so long and are easily recycled at the end of their life.