Bamboo Cutlery for Sustainable Dining

Friends at a picnic laughing; bamboo cutlery

If you’re like me, you’re no doubt familiar with the heaviness of silverware.

Bamboo cutlery is much lighter. Let’s take a look at some of the best that bamboo cutlery has to offer.

I recently grabbed a steel fork and spoon to take with me to the car while I got take out. And it was kind of a pain.

I’ve seen those cute bamboo travel sets on the market for a while now. And I’ve been meaning to try my own set.

One of the great things about bamboo flatware is the lightweight quality it has. It makes bamboo cutlery the ideal choice for travel.

Bamboo cutlery is also more versatile than traditional flatware.

I don’t know if you’ve ever smacked your teeth against glass or steel but… it hurts!

In the times I’ve used bamboo cutlery, the accidental collision that occurs between my teeth and the bamboo doesn’t seem to hit quite the same way. It seemed like bamboo allows for more give or shock absorption.

When I looked it up, I read that the dense fibers in bamboo can give the plant extreme flexibility which allows it to bend without breaking.

Then there’s the obvious benefit of bamboo cutlery being more eco-friendly since all-natural bamboo is biodegradable.

Bamboo has a wooden look to it, but it’s actually a grass. And it’s often labeled as the world’s most renewable resource.

When used to make cutlery, bamboo’s natural beauty shows through.

Let’s get started.

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    Best Overall

    Totally Bamboo's reusable bamboo flatware set is a fantastic option.

    It’s made of Moso bamboo and is not a source of food for Pandas.

    The set comes with 12 pieces: 4 spoons, 4 knives, and 4 forks.

    Use it as your main flatware because this bamboo cutlery is dishwasher safe.

    This Totally Bamboo cutlery set also comes with a small bamboo storage case. This makes it the most versatile on the list.

    You can store it for regular use in a drawer or you can carry it outside for an outdoor dinner.

    It’s a nice starter set for those looking to try bamboo cutlery without making too much of an upfront investment.

    Best Budget – Knork 24pc Bamboo Eco Silverware Set

    This dining set by Knork is made of mixed materials. It’s made of bamboo of course, and also sugarcane.

    It combines bamboo fibers and sugarcane starch to create a mixed material that is biodegradable, reusable, and compost friendly.

    The set is dishwasher friendly too. And BPA-free. It includes multiple colored utensils: orange, blue, and white forks and spoons. In total, the set contains 24 pieces of cutlery.

    Knork Bamboo Eco Silverware has an interesting design as its set doesn't come with knives. Instead, the forks have a beveled edge meant to replace your need for knives.

    This makes it travel-friendly as it reduces the number of utensils you’d need to bring to the park, picnic, or car.

    Best Disposable

    Please replace all your plastic disposable cutlery with Bamboodlers disposable cutlery as soon as possible!

    After learning about disposable bamboo plates and flatware, I don’t know why anyone would continue to use or purchase disposable plastic cutlery. Or plates!

    By the way, if you’re looking for disposable bamboo plates and bowls, read my other articles on the best bamboo plates and best bamboo bowls.

    Disposable bamboo products are truly better. There’s no competition.

    With disposable bamboo, there's no weird aftertaste.

    It’s also healthier for consumers. Unlike styrofoam and plastics, bamboo doesn’t melt when heated. With bamboo, there’s no risk of chemicals being leached into your food like there is with plastics.

    In the case of single-use bamboo cutlery vs. single-use plastic cutlery, it’s a no-brainer.

    It takes plastics 500 years to decompose and only takes bamboo a total of a few months to a few years to decompose. There’s no reason to continue to purchase plastic cutlery. At all.

    Single-use bamboo is also way stronger than single-use plastic.

    Bamboo outperforms plastic cutlery in every category.

    Best Bulk- EcoVita 380 Piece Eco Cutlery Combo Set

    If you're looking to purchase a large amount of disposable bamboo cutlery, take a look at this 380-piece bulk set from EcoVita. It's biodegradable and 100% compostable.

    This product also comes with a bamboo storage tray to hold your compostable utensils.

    EcoVita offers a 60-day, money-back guarantee.

    Best Bamboo Cutlery Set – Pottery Barn Natural Bamboo Flatware

    Crafted by hand, this beautiful set is made of mixed materials. It's a high-end, luxury product made by Pottery Barn. Designed with stainless steel and a handle that shows off bamboo’s natural qualities, this Pottery Barn flatware is sure to make for a luxurious eating experience.

    A full, fancy 5-piece set includes a dinner fork, salad fork, soup spoon, dessert spoon, and knife.

    Hand-wash only.

    Best Bamboo Cutlery for Kids – 4pk Bamboo and Silicone Kid Spoons – Red Rover

    These bamboo spoons by Red Rover are entirely BPA-free. They are also free of plastic.

    The heads are made of soft silicone, which is a great feature for kids when they are teething.

    Red Rover’s cutlery spoon set comes in a pack of 4 spoons.

    Dishwasher safe, top rack only.

    Best Bamboo Cutlery for Travel – Ecological Bamboo Cutlery Set

    This bamboo travel cutlery set includes a serrated knife, fork, spoon, drinking straw, and a coconut cleaning brush. It comes with a cotton and jute storage bag, where you can keep your cutlery in-between uses. Cloth storage pouches are great because they keep your cutlery clean when traveling. You can pop them into a backpack, purse, or car compartment.

    It's a great set to keep in your car in order to reduce your plastic consumption when getting takeout. Replace all the disposable plastic with this solid reusable set of cutlery.

    Your child will be the star of the lunchroom and you’ll be the envy of your office.

    This set is handmade and fully compostable. It's also 100% organic.

    Best Bamboo Wood Block With Knife Set – Williams Sonoma Wood Block Knife Set

    These stainless steel knives are made to last. If over time they grow duller, they can be sharpened back to their original state.

    This set includes a peeling knife, utility knife, vegetable knife, chef knife, bread knife, and a cream honing rod.

    The bamboo storage block has seven knife slots and can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.

    Best Cutlery For Outdoor Dining or Picnic- Bamboo Cutlery Caddy Set by Wayfair

    This cutlery is made of 100% bamboo. Right down to the storage caddy.

    The caddy’s dimensions are about 8.5” x 4.5”, which has more than enough storage space to store your cutlery as well as a few extras — such as napkins or straws.

    Wayfair’s bamboo cutlery set also has a cute bamboo handle to make it easily portable.

    Though it's great to use for outdoor dining, this set would work well for everyday flatware.

    Non-toxic, BPA-free, and EA-free (free of chemicals that mimic estrogen).

    It even comes with bamboo cooking utensils! You can use this set to both prep your picnic and then eat at your picnic.

    Its display is so pretty you wouldn't mind keeping it directly on the table.

    Best Cutlery Storage Tray – Ikea Flatware tray

    Once you find the perfect cutlery, you’ll need a place to store it.

    IKEA makes a great flatware tray that slips right inside a kitchen pull-out drawer.

    Having a flatware tray keeps your knives separate from your spoons, and your spoons separate from your forks.

    If you happen to have a cutlery set that uses different-sized forks and spoons, a flatware tray becomes even handier.

    Organizational trays also protect your cutlery from banging around loosely inside a drawer. It stops the movement in your drawer from leading to damage or scratches for your cutlery.


    Bamboo cutlery can be reusable or it can be single-use. It all depends on how it’s manufactured.

    The more a product is left in its raw and natural state, the sooner it can break down and decompose when you no longer have use for it.

    Because bamboo is so lightweight, it’s especially advantageous when traveling.

    Give bamboo cutlery a try! If you’re completely new to it I suggest taking a look at the Best Budget pick or the Best Travel pick to start. Go ahead, see what it’s all about.