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Mom” had the distinct opportunity to interview Peggy Cross, the entrepreneur behind EcoTensil, a company on a mission to reduce the amount of “one-taste waste.” Peggy is an inspiration to us all to think about each action we make, even the seemingly small ones, and how they do add up to the bigger picture.

Tell us about your eco-inspired company.

Our new Ultra-green tasting spoon, EcoTaster Mini, is made from a silky smooth paperboard (feels like a milk carton). One easy fold creates a sturdy and fun spoon. It’s 100% biodegradable, renewable, recyclable, and composts in just a few weeks (while we love all biodegradable utensils, others can take over 6 months to biodegrade). EcoTasters are great at in-store samplings, events, trade shows, etc. Our full-sized EcoTensil is great for serving up anything from a big bowl of yogurt or frozen yogurt to a hot cup of chili. SpoonLidz comes attached to the top of single-serve cups, like yogurt. Great for lunch packing!


How do you choose to go green in your own life?

Since my business has become a huge part of my family’s life, we hope to replace the tons of plastic used for one bite, then lives for centuries in our oceans and landfills.

Besides this, we’re avid recycler/composters. At events I am the recycling maniac who puts the big “Recycle please” sign on the paper bag to try to get everyone to put their cups and forks in it!

Guilty green pleasure?

How can something green be guilty?!

Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

Stick to your green guns. Persevere. We are trailblazing and frequently we are pushing against the current, but the currents are shifting our way, and we are helping make that happen!

*Image courtesy of EcoTensil.*

Were you aware that according to the Clean Air Council, enough paper and plastic utensils are thrown away every year to circle the equator 300 times? It is estimated that close to 40 billion individual plastic utensils (meaning between 14 and 18 billion plastic spoons) are produced each year, most of which end up in our landfills, beaches and oceans. Picture a landfill of plastic spoons the size of Texas, times three.

Peggy Cross, founder of EcoTensil Inc., is on a mission to end the need for plastic spoons! This incredible woman has created an environmentally friendly solution, the EcoTaster. This innovative solution aims to end “one-taste waste,” and it is about time! The EcoTaster is a paperboard tasting spoon, very smooth in texture, and moisture resistant, just like a milk carton! In addition, those who are planet-conscious will appreciate that the EcoTaster is 100% recyclable, biodegradable and sustainable!

Prior to the EcoTaster, there were no biodegradable options available for tasting and eating when at amusement parks, state fairs, frozen yogurt and ice cream stores, supermarket delis. Think about it! The last time you asked for a sample at your local store, what did you do with the spoon when done tasting? Threw it away, most likely, right? Were there any recycling bins close by in which to place your spoon? The EcoTaster is perfect for trying everything from frozen yogurt to cheesecake, pasta salads to rice dishes, and business owners who adopt the use of this 100% recyclable spoon are one step closer in “greening” their business!

In addition, for companies needing sustainable options for more than a few bites, there is EcoTaster’s full-sized counterpart, EcoTensil. The longer lasting EcoTensil is perfect for to-go snacks and meals such as a big bowl of frozen yogurt, or a deli lunch of macaroni and cheese.

This past weekend, EcoTensil Inc. made its’ debut at the Natural Products Expo East in Boston. Peggy Cross asked other food exhibitors to support their campaign to help end “One-Taste Waste,” and offered 200 free EcoTasters with a bamboo dispenser. It is their hope that these businesses will continue to be eco-conscious in their practices, leading us all into a more sustainable future.

For more information on the EcoTaster and the EcoTensil, and the campaign to end “One-Taste Waste,” please visit www.ecotensil.net.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*