Consumer backlash over wooden cutlery
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    Consumer backlash over wooden cutlery


    Consumers are staging a backlash against disposable wooden cutlery
    after sandwich chains have started handing them out instead of plastic
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    The UK's most popular food outlet, Pret, has ditched wooden forks
    just weeks after introducing them after customers complained the spoons
    were not deep enough to eat soup with.


    Pret trialed replacing plastic cutlery with wooden in a bid to reduce
    the amount of waste it produces and please its increasingly
    environmentally aware customer base.


    Instead Pret said it would now trial moving cutlery behind the
    counter in a bid to reduce the amount of single use plastics being used
    by customers. It comes as a raft of food companies including Pret have
    committed to eliminating single use plastics from their products in
    order to protect the environment.


    This summer M&S will also replace plastic knives and forks with
    wooden ones in stores in an attempt to become more environmentally
    friendly.


    Pret admitted its trial to replace plastic cutlery with wooden had "fallen flat".


    A Pret spokesman said: "First we trialled wooden cutlery, and you
    told us it just wasn’t up to scratch. The good news is we will introduce
    compostable cutlery to all our UK shops next year. In the meantime, we
    are testing keeping cutlery behind our tills to see if this also makes a
    difference."


    Customers were unhappy with the new shape of its wooden spoons, which
    they said were difficult to eat yoghurts and soups with. One said:
    "Just had my porridge at Pret. I'm all for saving the planet, but what
    is it with the spoons. They appear to have just added to the 'spork'
    family with a 'spive' or is it a 'koon'?"


    Another said: "A very admirable move towards wooden spoons from
    plastic, but your new spoon is too small to eat soup with! Soup spoons
    please."


    Meanwhile others argued that wooden spoons were also bad for the
    environment as they come from cutting down trees. Another customer said:
    "Did anyone think from where is coming the wood? It means more fallen
    trees in the planet. It will also be an issue."


    Wooden forks have also been introduced at a number of other food
    outlets, leaving some consumers less than impressed. A number have taken
    to social media to complain about the rough texture of wooden knives,
    forks and spoons, complaining of the "cringey" feel in their mouth.


    Post edited by venynx at 2019-08-15 09:49:12

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