To-Go Ware - Bamboo Reusable Utensil Set Hijiki Black
To-Go Ware Reusable Bamboo Utensil Set helps protect the planet one fork at a time. You've got your travel mugs and your reusable shopping bags. How about a bamboo utensil set to round out the perfect toolkit for life on the go? A handy carabiner on the back lets you clip and carry a fork, knife, spoon and chopsticks wherever they may roam. Perfect for a busy lifestyle and our precious planet.
RePEaT utensil holders give plastic bottles a second shot at a useful life – and an opportunity to stay out of landfills. Made out of RPET (recycled PET plastic), To-Go Ware likes to call it “RePEaT” because it lets plastic reincarnate into something kinder and gentler.
Bamboo Flatware & Chopsticks
- Heat and stain resistant, won't impart or absorb flavors
- Lightweight, strong and long lasting
- Hand finished with top grade natural, food-safe wood oil
About To-Go Ware's Bamboo Utensils
How do I clean my utensils?
You can hand wash them with soap and water, but they will sustain the dishwasher.
There are so many great reasons to choose bamboo. First, it's beautiful. The delicate grain of bamboo, whether natural or amber-toned, makes it distinctive, refined, and enjoyable to eat with. Bamboo is extremely durable and can withstand a great deal of use without damage. It's stronger even than oak, and when laminated, bamboo is nearly as strong as soft steel. Bamboo doesn't swell or shrink as hardwoods do, and won't impart food flavors or staining.
Bamboo is not a tree, it's a grass, and it grows like one. Many species of bamboo can grow two feet or more a day. When it's harvested, it need not be replanted, because it will grow a new shoot from its extensive root system. So bamboo renews itself readily, unlike hardwood trees, which, once cut, are gone forever. Bamboo is an endlessly renewable resource.
It enhances the environment. Farmed bamboo stabilizes the earth with its roots, preventing erosion. It takes in greenhouse gasses and produces oxygen. In fact 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees. It can also provide habitat for birds and animals.
It is extremely versatile. Used in everything from housing, to fiber, to food, bamboo is an extraordinary resource. It provides a long-lasting, non-petroleum based material that has endless applications for use.
Where are your utensils made?
To-Go Ware's bamboo utensils are sourced and made in China by a small cottage industry factory. The forest the bamboo is sourced from has been personally visited by their third party certifier and their audits assure them that the sourcing and harvesting is sustainable and that they employ fair labor practices.
Are the utensils made with glue?
No, To-Go Ware's utensils are made of a single sheet of bamboo. There are over 1,000 species of bamboo, ranging from groundcover to giant bamboo. Specifically, there are two main types of bamboo, running (spreading) and clumping (non-spreading). The clumping bamboo is the larger of the two, and at the very least can have a stalk 4 1/2" in diameter, and this is the kind of bamboo used to make their utensils. To-Go Ware does not use the smaller bamboo so often found in indoor planters.
What is the finish on the bamboo utensils made of?
To-Go Ware uses a top grade, natural, vegan, food-safe sealant on the utensils to further ensure their durability. The main ingredients in the sealant include Potassium Permanganate (a water-soluble salt, often used as a disinfectant); Acetic Acid (an organic, relatively weak acid that gives vinegar its sour taste and pungent smell, found universally in food stuffs, water and soil); Heptane (most frequently used an an oil repellant, distilled from the resin of the Jeffery Pine and the fruit of the Petroleum Nut Tree, a tree found in the Philippines); and Ethanol (sugar-based and most commonly used form of alcohol, used as a solvent of substances intended for human contact or consumption, including scents, flavorings, colorings and medicines). Recent lab tests have shown that NO heavy metals were detected in the sealant, including lead, arsenic, mercury or chromium.
Can I take my utensils on a plane when I travel?
Yes, you can! No one carrying To-Go Ware has ever had a problem traveling with their gear. In fact their founder traveled with 50 sets of utensils in her suitcase and the only thing that got pulled was her shampoo!
About Bamboo Utensil Wraps
How do I clean my wrap?
The WEAVE cotton wrap will sustain the washing machine and the CONSERVE and RePEaT recycled plastic wraps can be hand washed with a wet sponge.
Where are WEAVE utensil wraps made?
The cotton holders for their utensil sets are crafted by WEAVE, a Burmese refugee women's project on the Thai-Burma border; all materials are sourced from Thailand. The recycled plastic wraps are made by CONSERVE, an NGO in New Delhi, India. The RePEaT utensil wraps are made of RPET, recycled plastic bottles, in China. All of their partners are regularly monitored for human rights and environmental abuses by an independent third party monitor, in addition to a supplemental audit they've added with some additional standards they feel are important. To-Go Ware are proud of the protections provided by all of their partners to their employees and the Earth.
What are CONSERVE wraps made of?
At dawn every day employees deliver plastic shopping bags they’ve collected off the streets of New Delhi to the CONSERVE headquarters. The handles and bottoms of the plastic bags are snipped away and the open sheets washed with detergent on a cemented buffalo water trough. They are hung to dry on a clothesline and then layered together and pressed to make sheets that are designed, cut and stitched to make amazing, durable, environmentally friendly, recycled plastic products!
What are RePEaT wraps made of?
The material for their RePEaT utensils is made of RPET, recycled plastic bottles. Plastic soda and water bottles that would otherwise end up in the landfills are given a second shot at a useful life by being recycled into this amazingly strong, color-fast and water-resistant utensil holder. An added plus for RePEaT wraps is that the recycled material requires less energy during manufacturing than virgin PET materials.
How big are the wraps?
CONSERVE is 12” high, 8 ¼” wide (when open) and 4 ½” wide securely closed.
WEAVE is 12 ¼” high, 8 ¼” wide (when open) and 4 ½” wide securely closed.
RePEaT is 8 1/2" high and 1 5/8" wide.
About the CONSERVE Program
CONSERVE is a recycling and waste management NGO (non-governmental organization) that was founded in October 2003 in response to the mountains of garbage and litter, especially plastic bags that had become a common sight around the city of New Delhi.
The project employs poor urban women and men in the slums of east Delhi to collect, sort, weigh and clean plastic bags. Through a heating and pressing process, the plastic melts together creating a thicker more durable plastic material. Since the plastic bags come in all colors, different designs can be created using strips and cutouts of bags, no dyes or inks are required.
Founded by Anita Ahuja and her husband Shalabh, the team started a non-government, non-profit organization explaining how waste could be segregated and turned into a resource. Wet kitchen waste could be turned into compost; dry waste like paper and glass could be recycled. It was while segregating the waste that they encountered their most important challenge. "To-Go Ware had heard of organizations working with zero waste- it was something they could not understand. Despite their best efforts there was nothing they could do with the mounds of discarded plastic bags. The resale value of polythene is very low, so we started to experiment." That proved to be the turning point.
They washed the plastic bags, braided, rolled them and made them into tiny baskets. But it involved a lot of work, and the couple didn't see a market for their products. Still, it forced them to work harder to find a solution for the mounds of discarded plastic bags. Finally, they hit upon the idea of washing, drying and pressing the plastic into sheets, using a pressing machine. The result: they came up with small plastic sheets, roughly 12" by 7". It was the breakthrough they had all been waiting for. From here on it was left to everyone's imagination, and they eventually started a line of handbags and accessories fashioned out of the recycled material.
The couple then decided to also work with rag-pickers in Madhuban. "The rag-pickers are the most marginalized section of their society . . . they should be allowed to live with dignity and given the opportunity to make a good life."
At dawn every day the rag-pickers deliver the recycled plastic shopping bags to the non-profits headquarters. The handles and bottoms of the plastic bags are snipped away and the open sheets washed with detergent on a cemented buffalo water trough. They are hung to dry on a clothesline and then layered together and pressed to make sheets that are designed, cut and stitched to make the amazing, environmentally friendly and ethical bags.
The non-profit NGO currently employs over 300 people and exports bags all over the world, they use the money made from the sale of the bags to fund projects to help the rag-pickers and other marginalized sections of their community, such as building schools and employing more individuals.
WEAVE Women's Education for Advancement and Empowerment (WEAVE) strives to create a world where empowered women and their children are free to exercise their rights and live peacefully in a just, humane and equitable society. The organization was founded in 1990, with the intent to empower indigenous women and support their needs and basic human rights. The organization has evolved over the years, especially in the context of the influx of refugees from Burma. One manner in which they seek this is through cottage industry, and WEAVE has produced a high-quality line of crafts that are produced by Burmese refugee women living in camps along the border.
WEAVE's goals are to provide education and training for displaced women and children from Burma and its bordering areas. They aim to foster the development of self-managing and self-sustaining women's organizations and community based projects, and to raise the level of awareness of issues affecting displaced women and children from Burma and its bordering areas in partnership with women's organizations.
WEAVE's target communities are displaced persons, particularly women, recognizing their role in providing for their families and in ensuring the well-being of their children. Their work rives has expanded to include the Indo-China-Burma border, but mainly concentrates along the Thai-Burma border. WEAVE is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
About Fair Trade
Fair trade means an equitable and fair partnership between businesses and organizations in the developed world and producers in the developing world. Fair trade businesses foster long-term and direct relationships with producers, because To-Go Ware knows these connections are a highly effective way to help producers help themselves.
- Paying fair wages in local context
- Supporting participatory workplaces
- Ensuring environmental sustainability
- Supplying financial and technical support
- Respecting cultural identity
- Offering public accountability
- Educating consumers
To-Go Ware's Mission
To-Go Ware's mission is to make available innovative products that provide a solution, tell a great story, and are enjoyable to use. To-Go Ware seeks to stimulate positive practices for the way people live in relationship with themselves, their neighbors and the planet. To-Go Ware hopes to empower people to participate in the process of changing the world they live in by providing them the tools to do so.
To-Go Ware offers solutions for a world with life on-the-go. Life is moving fast for everyone these days, and sometimes that can cause them difficulty in making conscious lifestyle choices-especially when it comes to food! With the explosion of "to-go" culture, there is no shortage of disposable containers and utensils crossing their paths everywhere they go, and they've all started to feed the landfill more than they may realize. How many plastic forks and spoons do they toss away each week? How many plates, to-go boxes, napkins and cups? Start to do the math and see what that adds up to per year-you may be surprised at the impact you are having.
If we cannot abandon our need for "to-go" convenience as we move through our busy lives, we can certainly integrate ways of being more mindful and conscious of the impact our lifestyle has upon the planet. To-Go Ware hopes that they can provide you the tools to make that difference, allowing you to be a Solutionary in these to-go times.
As a business, To-Go Ware seeks to implement a triple bottom line — people, planet and profit — in meaningful and sincere ways. To-Go Ware is very proud of the practices they've been able to implement in order to realize this vision.
To-Go Ware understands the interconnected and interdependent issues of social, economic and environmental justice - this understanding guides all of their business decisions. To-Go Ware seeks to continually examine the resources and privileges they have as a company operating in the Global North and how their business practices impact the lives of people around the world. To-Go Ware is committed to creating equitable and respectful business relationships with companies locally and abroad. To-Go Ware gives preference to business partnerships with companies owned and operated by women or other traditionally marginalized groups, as well as small businesses.
Additionally, they believe in and support the Principles of Environmental Justice adopted by the delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit (1991), as well as the Bali Principles of Climate Justice developed by an international coalition of groups gathered in Johannesburg for the Earth Summit (2002).