Do you ever go to the grocery store or dessert shop and get a sample of theirice cream or salads? I do. Typically, I am offered a sample in a plastic cup with a plastic spoon, you? While that is a normal occurrence I am beginning to wonder why. There are so many other earth conscious products that can be supplemented for plastic. Before you take that next bite here’s a few facts to mull over:

-The production of plastic consumes approximately 4% of the United State’s energy?

-Chemicals from plastic are absorbed by the human body and have been linked to health problems.

-Chemicals from plastic can seep into our ground water.

-Humans are exposed to chemicals from plastic multiple times per day through the air, dust, water, food and use of consumer products.

-Only two manmade structures on Earth are large enough to be seen from outer space: the Great Wall of China and the Fresh Kills landfill!

-Americans toss out enough paper & plastic cups, forks and spoons every year to circle the equator 300 times

Lets start changing the minds of and providing alternatives to store’s. A new product was brought to my attention that would be a great supplement to what most stores are using, the EcoTaster.

The EcoTaster is a paperboard spoon that is 100% recyclable and biodegradable. Due to the slick like texture of the product, which is made with a water-based coating you’ll get a healthy sample on a healthy spoon. Ecotenstils is hoping to provide environmental solutions to plastic utensils without the waste. The products are made in the US and range from mini utensils, large utensils and even a utensil that is safe to use in correctional facilities and mental hospitals.

It’s amazing how sometimes the littlest things can make such a big difference