Wheat Composite Fork by L’earth

Brand: L’earth

Attributes: Waste Reduction, Recycled

Description: The Wheat Composite Fork by L’earth is lightweight and made of composite wheat and recycled plastics.

The fork helps to reduce waste since it is made from waste by-products and recycled plastics.

L’earth (short form of the phrase Love Earth) is a consumer brand of Winrigo (S) Pte Ltd, making eco-friendly plastic products more accessible to consumers.

You can buy from L’earth’s online store or contact their key partner Winrigo.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 5 stars based on 11 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 2 Apr 2012):

Business Sustainability

1. Does the company, product or service have a third party certified green business or green product label?

L’earth’s products are made by Winrigo, which has obtained the Sustainable Manufacturing Certification for 2010 to 2012.

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

Winrigo is committed to sustainability and has implemented practices to meet some of the criteria for the Sustainable Manufacturing Label.

4. Has the company taken steps to implement green practices in the office or reduce the environmental impacts from its offices?

Winrigo has implemented practices to meet some of the criteria for the Sustainable Manufacturing Label.

5. Has the company, product or service won any environmental or sustainability awards?

Winrigo has won the 3R Packaging Awards – Merit Award in 2011, and the SEC-Senoko Energy Green Innovation Award in 2010.

Energy and Climate Change

6. Is the product or service energy efficient or helps to conserve energy or reduce carbon emissions?

The product uses recycled plastics instead of virgin plastic material, thus reducing plastic waste and further lowering carbon emissions. SIMTech assisted Winrigo to conduct a comparative carbon footprint assessment to verify the eco-friendliness of the material, R3Plas™. R3Plas™ is able to reduce carbon emission by 30% compared to virgin plastics without increasing in cost.

9. Does the company measure its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

Winrigo has developed a Life Cycle Assessment toolkit with SIMTech, which looks at energy consumption and carbon footprint of its processes and products.

Materials and Waste

12. Does the product or service help to reduce, reuse or recycle waste?

L’earth’s forks are made using plant by-product like wheat. Rather than disposing them as waste, they are put to better use by combining them with recycled plastic.

13. Is the product made from reclaimed or recycled material?

The product is made with recycled plastics and organic plant by-product fibers from wheat.

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

Winrigo is a signatory to the Singapore Packaging Agreement. This means that the one of the company’s aims has to be reducing packaging waste arising from consumer products.

Chemicals and Health

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

The company has has conducted 3rd-party tests to ensure that its products are free of most heavy metals and VOCs.

Social and Ethical

30. Are the company employees involved in community activities or volunteering their time to help the community or the environment?

L’earth is always seeking collaboration and environmental projects, and has partnered with Winrigo as sponsors for youth-initiated projects, World Leadership Conference 2011, Earth Day 2011 and Indian Community 2012.

“The fork itself was easy to use like any other forks we have at home. I did not make it go through a steam-test or anything too extreme, but the fork did not melt or anything when put in contact with hot noodles. It felt quite sturdy as well and was not flimsy. I even had fun bending the handle to a curve shape- it did not break like the plastic ones would have. It is a good alternative to plastic forks if you think about reducing environmental impacts. I suppose I can keep on re-using the fork a few more times before deciding to dispose them off.”

Nor Lastrina Hamid

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Spatula Deluxe Curved by ScanWood

Brand: ScanWood

Attributes: FSC Certified

Description: ScanWood’s Spatula Deluxe Curved is made from sustainable olive wood, is durable, and has natural anti-microbial properties.

The spatula is 30cm long, weighs about 600g, and has a wide, flat end making it easy to turn food, and does not scratch your non-stick pan.

ScanWood produces wooden kitchenware, and all their wood comes from sustainable and managed forests.

ScanWood’s products are distributed by Le Bono Collection in Singapore. You can buy from Le Bono directly or from its stockists.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 3 stars based on 6 points in the following 2 criteria (updated on 21 Mar 2012):

Energy and Climate Change

6. Is the product or service energy efficient or helps to conserve energy or reduce carbon emissions?

The product is made from wood, which is a renewable resource and helps to remove carbon emissions from the atmosphere.

Materials and Waste

14. Is the product biodegradable or acceptable for recycling after use?

The product is made from wood, which is biodegradable and acceptable for recycling.

16. Is the product grown in a sustainable manner?

ScanWood is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and all their wood comes from sustainable and managed forests.

17. Is there conservation of the habitat or protection of the biodiversity where the product is grown?

ScanWood is FSC certified and FSC certification requires meeting criteria such as the reduction of environmental impact of logging activities, and the identification and appropriate management of areas that need special protection (e.g. cultural or sacred sites, habitat of endangered animals or plants).

18. Does the product or service have a sustainable material-related third party certification or label?

ScanWood is FSC certified.

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

The product is packaged minimally and the cardboard packaging is recyclable.

“I like the olive wood spatula as it is solid yet light, and does not scratch the pan when cooking. The only thing to take note is to leave the spatula in a dry area when not in used. I left it near the sink and the handle started getting slightly moldy.”

Eugene Tay

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