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France Bans Plastic Forks And Plates

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It seems like France has become the first country on Earth to place a ban on plastic cutlery, plates, and cups. A new law passed under the country’s Energy Transition for Green Growth Act outlawing the plastic eating utensils.

According to the Washington Post, the law aims to promote a “circular economy” of waste disposal, with the same law also banning the use of plastic bags in the country’s grocery stores in early July.

France’s president says that the ban is a part of a larger campaign to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and diversify the country’s energy model.

The law will go into effect in 2020, with the only exception being for disposable silverware that are biodegradable.

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Forking with Your Mouth: How Cutlery Gave Us Overbites

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While we were busy turning forks into weight loss tools, deadly weapons, and works of art, forks were busy changing us — by giving us overbites. Historian Bee Wilson’s new book Consider the Fork lays out archaeological evidence that human beings in the West didn’t develop an overbite (where the top layer of teeth fits over the bottom layer like a lid on a box) until approximately two hundred and fifty years ago, around the same time they began using cutlery. Prior to the introduction of the knife and fork, Western human teeth were arranged in an edge-to-edge bite (basically like apes) in which the top and bottom layers clash together.

Wilson is quick to note that we can’t be totally sure that utensils were responsible for the change, but it does look like Western eaters may have been getting forked over by a slow learning curve — the same shift can be seen nine hundred years earlier in China after the invention of chopsticks.

H/T The Atlantic

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Forked Up Art

These creative and functional sculptures are made out of forks and spoons that have been bent and welded together into people shapes.  They come in four different styles, and each one has fork tine fingers to hold important things for you, like salt and pepper shakers, electronics, or any small objects that will fit in either the small toothpick glass or the larger pencil cup.  Each one is about a foot tall, and would look great in your dining room or kitchen.  ($24.95 each @ Neatoshop)

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Bear Paw Meat Handler Forks

Handling meat like a pansy is so 2010. With these Bear Paw Meat Handler Forks, you can lift and carve hot food while still keeping the swagger of a bear. Shred meat and chicken without a second thought and switching between kitchen tools, and apparently works great for outdoor grilling as well. The handles stay cool during your cooking adventures, and the paws are dishwasher safe. ($13.79 @  Amazon)

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Eatensil: The 6-Tool Kitchen Swiss Army Knife

It seems that take away concept site Just-eat is making their way to manufacturers with the following pitch — a Swiss Army type product for the extreme foodie. Intrigued?

The unit contains a pizza cutter, wooden chip fork, chopsticks, bottle opener, a fork, knife and a spoon.

The idea is novel, but since the items don’t necessarily breakaway from the base unit, some particular uses may become quite cumbersome. From the action shots above, the top right most photo of the young lady sipping soup showcases the immense girth of the Eatensil. No word on availability or production dates yet, but the Internet is talking.

Would you care to see this item come to fruition?

VIA: PocketLint