Since I had so much success with my preserve toothbrush by recycling, I made my way back to Generation Green here in town and picked up a few more of their products. So, today I’m reviewing a set of recycled plastic cutlery made by recycline. I purchased these for $5.49.
If you saw my last preserve review or are a fan of their products then you know their basic “green” cred comes from the fact that their products are made with 100% recycled #5 Plastic. Also, they offer a mail back program where you can send them back your products when you’re done and they’ll turn them into decking or park benches.. Nice right?
I was intrigued by the cutlery because I’ve been looking for a good reusable recycled set of utensils that i could use as my day to day cutlery. They promote these as reusable, so it was my hope that these would fall somewhere between my regular utensils and the dime a dozen ones you see at picnics…
If I’m being honest, these don’t cut it for day to day regular use. The strength of them is the same as what you’ve experienced with normal plastic cutlery. These are flimsy and have little or no “heft” to them. If you get the spoons in contact with hot soup, they begin to bow and bend. Also, if you wish to reuse them, don’t wash them on high heat with the rest of your dishes, they will warp. Every time i used them I just wished that preserve had made them a little more dense so they could stand up to daily use.
This experience got me thinking, what is the point of this recycled plastic cutlery? What are they marketed to be? Are they for daily or regular use? Or are they for last minute picnics and football parties? Either way I don’t think they live up to the purported use. If they are to replace regular cutlery, they are not strong or durable enough. If they are supposed to replace normal plastic cutlery, they are far too expensive and impractical. If you are looking to host a party, i would recommend reusing your regular cutlery that you already own instead of buying these. If you are looking at these for daily use, look elsewhere and use what you already have.
Kudos to the preserve company for their green policies and practices, i like many of their products, just not the cutlery…
Here is the video review
RATING: 1 out of 5 Gears for being made with recycled material.