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New efforts to reduce plastic waste lead to schools introducing paper cutlery

After the recent endeavours by fast-food restaurants around the globe to replace their plastic straws with ones made from environmentally-friendly paper equivalents, school canteens are beginning to do the same switch with their disposable plastic cutlery.

03 April 2020 17:39


The next step in saving the environment

Coming up with new ideas to increase sustainability in our everyday lives is no easy task, but a local headteacher Donald Donaldson has introduced a new scheme in order to make canteens a more sustainable and perhaps more economical place.

The peculiar concept was initially thought up when Mr Donaldson was going through paper copies of school reports when suddenly he had received a paper cut whilst turning through the pages.

If the paper is sharp enough to cut my finger, then why wouldn't it cut through my food too?

Donald Donaldson, Headteacher

Cutout Cutlery

At the moment, only a few variants have been under development, these include:

  • Knives
  • Spoons
  • Chopsticks
  • A very experimental version of the spork

With the first prototypes of paper spoons being tested next month, students seem to be excited to be at the forefront of global cutlery technology.

I'm happy to see our school paying some much-needed attention to reducing the waste produced by the canteen, just yesterday I was late to class because a doorway was completely filled with sandwich boxes.

Sally, 16

With the hope that corridors will eventually be free of plastic-induced traffic, it has never been a better time to start than right now.


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