Disposability? 10 alternative reusable food and beverage products

– By Kavisara Charusakulariyakul 

In the world of disposable products, large amount of waste is produced as a result of their use. From chopsticks to plates, forks and cups – there is a world of disposability. Designers have been trying to tackle this problem by creating easy to curry resalable products. Here are 10 examples…. so it’s time to think about keeping and using reusable things rather than constantly throwing stuff away.

Credit Card Cutlery, 2006, Cooper Hewitt Museumshop

Credit Card Cutlery is the same size as normal card, flat and small for your wallet.

Cool Straws from greenpaxx

Cool straws are made of silicone and are  flexible enough to be folded in half and tuck the open ends together. The caps fit onto cups making them great for kids.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/45611661″>Cloverware Lite</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/alitedesigns”>Alite Designs</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Cloverware Lite reusable nesting utensils

Cloverware lite utensil combines all cutlery by a simple method, each one of them can connect its end to each other

Dine*ink pen utensil set

Dine*ink pen utensil is a special cap for changing pen to be cutlery.

Integral design compact chopsticks

Integral Compact chopsticks are collapsible chopsticks with connector and metal caps for protecting tips.

The Ojue Lunchbox

Small short sticks are connected by simple joint and included in the reusable, stackable lunch box set.

Zipcup is a collapsing travel mug for easy transport

Zip Cup is a collapsible cup, made of plastic, flexible to fold but strong enough to contain beverage.

Travel chopsticks

Metal Chopsticks, plastic tips make them not too slippery, in plastic box with clip.

MY CUTLERY – 3 in 1 travel cutlery set


Fashionable Colorful cutlery from United Color of Benetton is a box with carries all cutlery you need using handles together.


These are just some of the cool new designs that are being developed to help make reusability easy!  Motivations is a key influence for change, it should to be deeply infiltrated into the design, which can help to change peoples behavior.