Paper or plastic? Making greener mealtime choices is easier and more stylish than ever with these eco-conscious brands and social enterprises that offer sustainable cutlery and tableware

1. Bobo & Boo Malaysia

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Proof that it’s never too early to be an eco-warrior, Bobo & Boo’s child-friendly bamboo dinnerware collections are fun and gentle on the environment. They’re also non-toxic, microwave-safe and biodegradable, so you won’t have to worry about whether your tiny toddler’s favourite fruit plate will end up in a landfill years from now. From plant-based plates and bowls to stackable cups, Bobo & Boo’s wares offer busy parents a fuss-free, plastic-free alternative to mealtimes with the kids. The brand’s three-piece Plant-Based Dinnerware set comes in an eco-friendly gift box.

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2. The Hive Eco Store

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As Malaysia’s first zero waste store, The Hive goes beyond mere rhetoric, offering consumers immediate solutions to help them adopt a plastic-free lifestyle, even if it starts with something as small as opting for glass, bamboo or paper straws over plastic ones that will eventually end up in a landfill. The Hive’s ‘Drink Out’ set, for instance, consists of a reusable metal straw, a straw brush for cleaning and a travel-friendly storage pouch to take with you on those late-night mamak sessions or café-hopping adventures. 

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3. Dapo

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Derived from the Malay word for kitchen, Dapo was founded in 2015 by second-generation carpenter Harith Ridzuan, who started out offering customised wooden tableware for restaurants, cafes and hotels in Kuala Lumpur. Lucky for us, Dapo eventually expanded its beautifully unique wares to the wider market, making a name for itself as Malaysia’s first PEFC-certified homeware brand.

Sourced and made in Malaysia using sustainable natural materials like PEFC-certified timber, Balau wood, Acacia wood, rubberwood and reclaimed wood, Dapo’s contemporary creations comprise a variety of gorgeous serving boards, coasters, plates and accessories that brim with rustic elegance without causing damage to our forests.

4. Fuze Ecoteer

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How often can you say that your household purchases contribute to marine conservation efforts? Social enterprise Fuze Ecoteer lets you do just that. Fuze Ecoteer’s conservation and community projects on the Perhentian Islands focus mainly on sea turtle conservation, marine research, waste management and eco-education. Buying merchandise from this accredited social enterprise will go a long way to support its valiant eco-efforts.

Did you know that its beautiful Recycled Plastic Coasters are actually made from plastic waste collected from beaches and waterways around Malaysia? These coasters are developed using the Precious plastic recycling machine, developed by Dutch industrial design student Dave Hakkens.

5. Biji Biji

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Ethical fashion label Biji Biji has a knack for taking unwanted waste and excess items, and turning them into useful, practical accessories for both personal and home use. The brand’s Beyond Bins coasters are a fine example of this. Made from 100 per cent recycled plastic that’s been collected from local household waste in Malaysia and produced by communities-in-need. Because of this, no single hexagon-shaped coaster is exactly the same. Beyond Bins coasters are sold in a pack of four and available in colours of white, red, green, blue or purple. You can even choose for a ‘random’ option and expect a colourful set

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