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What's better than being budget-savvy? Being budget-savvy and eco-friendly! πŸ™‚ I came across a company called Ecoware Biodegradables that sells these adorable biodegradable wooden utensils (which are completely biodegradable and are made of birch wood) in bulk. They sell them in cases of 1000 for $56.99 which includes shipping. For the wedding I only need about 150-200 of each I think. But they are a great alternative to plasticware as they are biodegradable. At that bulk price it's only .05-ish cents per utensil! I got quoted .35 cents a piece for real silverware from most rental companies. If you were to get a fork, spoon, and knife for 200 people at .35 cents each that's $157.50 plus tax! Seriously, people!? I can get 1000 of each for a few dollars more with Ecoware!

Biodegradable Wooden UtensilsBiodegradable Wooden Utensils

I got them to send me a sample to test out the quality and sturdiness, and it passed the test on chicken, italian sausage, and even on soggy sides like Mac&Cheese. So it's a GO! πŸ™‚ They shipped out yesterday so hopefully I will have them soon! I plan on wrapping some of my scrap paper from my invites around them with bakers twine or something similar. Isn't it fun to be chic and earth-friendly? πŸ™‚ They don't have a way to order directly from the site, but there is contact info there for the sales department and they were super friendly and easy to work with. I definitely recommend Ecoware Biodegradables to anyone looking for a cheap alternative to renting real silverware and still wanting to be eco-friendly!

Look at the prettiness that is created with these adorable utensils:

Biodegradable Wooden UtensilsBiodegradable Wooden Utensils

via the bride's cafe


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  • Oooh! Since you don’t need them all, can I buy, say, 200 of each from you? Then you can recoup costs and I don’t have to order 3000 (when I only need 150 at the VERY most)! I’m in Knoxville, so I’m thinking the shipping headaches will be minimal. Email me if you’re interested.

  • Very cool! We looked into this, but we didn’t find anything that inexpensive! Love the idea of tying your scraps around them.

  • I love it! Cheap and chic πŸ™‚

  • Jessica

    Seriously, if you want to sell some to recoup the cost, I’d be interested too! We are already using compostable plates and these would go perfectly!

    Otherwise, thanks for the recommendation – I’m sure I can find a use for them all!

  • C-face

    LOOOOOooooooove this!!

  • Jillian

    It says that a minimum order on the cutlery is 6 cases. Did you have to order the minimum number of cases? Or did they let you just order 1 case of 1,000 instead of 6 cases of 1,000? That would be an insane amount of cutlery.

    If you do consider selling your extras, please let me know! I’d be interested in taking about 75-100 sets from you!

  • Sarah-Lois

    Very budget savvy! You have the best ideas!

  • I would also be interested in buying some extras from you. I would only need 40 forks and knives for my 4/24 rehearsal dinner and would be happy to cover the shipping to Atlanta. πŸ™‚

  • Ditto on the sharing of orders of utensils. If there aren’t enough to go around and anyone else near Atlanta or Georgia wants to share some, I’m game. stephbriggs at gmail dot com

  • I’d be into splitting an order with someone as well! Drop me an email if interested! jennlink at gmail dot com!

  • dangermarie

    I’ll be interested in finding out how these hold up .. are they sanded well and comfortable to eat off of, or are they more like those awful wooden scoops that come with ice cream cups?

  • Alissa

    I would be interested as well! I’d need about 225 forks, then about 125 spoons and knives. jandawedding09 at gmail dot com. Thanks!

  • I’ll also hop on the “I’ll buy some of your leftovers” bandwagon! And even if you’ve already found them all a home, I love the recommendation.

  • Leonor

    These are really cute and eco-friendly options =)
    Thanks For Sharing…

  • christina

    Hi. Anyone in the NY metro area want to order and split these with me? (I need just a hundred each and do not mind putting the order in.) Meet up in manhattan for the split. Let me know!

  • Abena

    That’s so neat and you wrapped them so beautifully.

  • Jessica

    These are awesome! I went to their website but was not sure on how to order them, do we just fill out the form and they will get back to us? Thanks for sharing this!

  • this is a great idea! and amazing how cheap it is. are you planning to compost the biodegradable cutlery? most landfills are anaerobic so nothing can actually break down, so it’s best to dispose of biodegradable stuff in your town’s composting facility (if it has one) or in a backyard compost pile

  • Hi everyone,

    This is Amber from Ecoware.

    We’re happy to accommodate smaller orders, feel free to write us at [email protected]. We’re really flexible and we’ll help you get what you need for as low of a price as possible.

    email: [email protected]
    telephone: 604.880.1148

  • oops its [email protected], like i said at first.

    ack! πŸ™‚

  • Hey, just as an idea to those interested in doing this, but not up for the hassel of a big order or dealing with it yourself, you might pass it on to your caterer!

    I e-mailed my caterer with the link to the ecoware site requesting them specifically and suggesting that he offer it as an option to his other clients, and he wrote me to let me know he will be doing just that!

    Yay for eco-friendly, budget-friendly, chic, disposable dinnerware!

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  • Cutlery Set

    Pretty nice post. I just came across your blog and just wanted to say that I really enjoy your blog posts. I will subscribe to your feed and look forward to reading some more of your posts.

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