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Sustainable cutlery

(Cheri M. Larsh)
By Aaron Kagan
Globe Correspondent / January 26, 2011

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Many of us begin the year on the right foot, bringing a healthy lunch to work. That means you need utentils. If you shudder at the wasteful nature of disposable plastic and don’t want to lug metal flatware, To-Go Ware RePEaT Utensil Set offers a solution: a fork, knife, spoon, and chopsticks combo ($12.95) made from lightweight, sustainably manufactured bamboo. Each utensil is comparable to its metal or plastic counterpart, and the tools rest pleasantly in the hand, thanks to their weight and texture. You can also accessorize with the (recycled, of course) plastic sleeve that carries the set. Choose from agave (turquoise), pumpkin, hijiki (black), beet, or avocado, all of which come with a miniature carabiner that clips to your belt, assuming you need instant access to cutlery at all times. This product allows you to cut down on what the manufacturer calls our “forkprint.’’ Available at Greenward, 1764 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-395-1338; the Institute for Human Centered Design, 200 Portland St., Boston, 617-695-1225; and Kitchen Outfitters, 342 Great Road # 1A, Acton, 978-263-1955.