The original inspiration for the utensil roll, is the Zero Waste movement (Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators, or the ocean). The vast amounts of plastic that we use and throw away on a daily basis, especially the single-use plastics such as utensils overwhelms our landfills and most importantly, our oceans. I find myself thinking of these global problems in the light of the past: What did people do before the convenience of single-use plastics? 150 years ago things were handmade and treasured, used and reused, until it could no longer be used. It was not thrown away because they didn’t need it anymore or because they didn’t feel like doing the dishes. I was pondering what people did back then, when they couldn’t count on finding disposable plastic utensils anywhere. I was imagining that they put their knife and fork in their bag or
backpack if they knew they needed them throughout the day. I was blown away when I came across a sheath, made for a knife AND a fork. I grew up with guys wearing their knife in a sheath on their belt, but a sheath for a knife and a fork is brilliant. Where and when did that go out of fashion? Single use plastics were invented to make certain circumstances easier but like any idea built on convenience, the slippery slope to default practices is soaring, and we believe it’s time to take a step back and in a hundred years or so, when our utensil rolls are expired, their all natural fibers will dissolve back in to the earth where they were grown. We hope they’ll be patched and mended through the years as they’re lovingly used.
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A leather sheath is now on my radar, but we decided to start out with a fabric utensil roll. No more throwing plastic straws, spoons, knives or forks in the trash after one time use. (If you are interested in a leather sheath, please send me an email and I will get that project started!) This is a sturdy roll that can fit silverware for the whole family. Yes, I took it on 4 person picnics all summer and we packed all we needed. These rolls comfortably hold tight silverware, serve-ware and reusable straws. It even holds some art and sewing supplies. Be creative! I would love
to hear what you put in your utensil roll. We designed and developed this piece to be a multi-faceted travel companion. Each one comes with a matching napkin. You can choose to add a bamboo knife, spoon and fork or silverware that I have found second hand.
The utensil rolls are made with hemp/organic cotton fabric.
Measurements: 13" (33cm) wide. 15" (38cm) tall when open. 9-10" (23-26cm) tall when folded (depending on where it's folded).
Sewn with love in Portland, Oregon.