Q. Dear Umbra,

I’m curious. When it comes to disposable utensils, what has the least long-term environmental impact, corn-based plastics or light wood utensils? I’m curious both about production and their long-term fate in oceans and landfills.

Victoria
Saskatoon, Sask.

A. Dearest Victoria,

I’m curious, too: Are you asking simply to expand your knowledge, or are you in the market for some disposable utensils? If it’s the former, cheers, and please read on! If it’s the latter, I’m going to start off by putting in a plug for reusable utensils over throwaways. Even the most conscientiously produced disposable products require energy to make and ship, which starts to feel quite wasteful when you unceremoniously toss them away after a single use. Reusable cutlery, on the other hand, really is the gift that keeps on giving.