I’m in the kitchen about to heat up my lunch. This fellow comes in, takes a plastic knife out of the drawer, pierces the plastic film of his frozen entree, then throws the knife in the trash. The knife gets about .5 seconds of use before it is thrown away.
Really?!? You can’t just lift the corner of the film and not add another plastic knife to the landfill?
The building my school is in is about 25 years old. For 25 years, people have been buying packs of assorted cutlery and putting them in the cabinet in the teacher’s lounge. The knives get used at a fraction of the speed of the forks and spoons, but people keep buying the assorted packs because you can’t generally buy “spoons and forks” or something. No one ever throws out the knives because they are perfectly good. We have THOUSANDS. Boxes and boxes. It’s comical.
Bring your own metal cutlery from home, then bring them back and wash them … you could use the same one for years and years … no waste in the landfill because once your metal cutlery wears out, it can be recycled and made into new cutlery … I just used the tools in my toolbox, a nail puller makes for the perfect spork, just a little sharp but with care it’s fine, and who cares if there’s a bit of potato salad smeared on a bent nail anyway …
A camping solution comes to mind: Take a plastic knife and label it “frozen food film piercer” or somesuch, then poke a hole in the handle and attach a string, and tie onto the microwave door. Akin to a bottle opener attached to the cooler.
Or, just attach a bottle opener to the microwave - then it will have multiple uses.
While I agree with your sentiment, the instructions say to cut the film, so raising the corner isn’t an option for me. I cut the film with the metal fork I will be eating with, but only because our office has done away with buying plastic cutlery.
It’s been 17 years. It’s about time the story comes out. They were sharpened plastic knives. The box cutter story is one of the best story lines ever. The media ate it up without question. But even in 2001, getting metal box cutters through security was problematic, not to mention the sheer knowledge the same type of plastic knife you got with your airline snack/meal could bring down a plane.