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Classy magnetic cutlery packs flat to eat away at single-use plastics

Classy magnetic cutlery packs ...
Full Windsor has turned to the Kickstarter crowd to get its Magware utensils into production
Full Windsor has turned to the Kickstarter crowd to get its Magware utensils into production
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Magware from Full Windsor is designed as a take-anywhere set of utensils that can chip away out our mounting problem with plastic waste
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Magware from Full Windsor is designed as a take-anywhere set of utensils that can chip away out our mounting problem with plastic waste
Cutlery made from single-use plastics is hugely convenient, but is also hugely problematic when it comes to the environment
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Cutlery made from single-use plastics is hugely convenient, but is also hugely problematic when it comes to the environment
Full Windsor has turned to the Kickstarter crowd to get its Magware utensils into production
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Full Windsor has turned to the Kickstarter crowd to get its Magware utensils into production
Embedded at two points along the handles of the knife, fork and spoon are magnets and male/female connector points
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Embedded at two points along the handles of the knife, fork and spoon are magnets and male/female connector points
The Magware utensils are 18 cm (7 in) long and all together weigh 45 g (1.6 oz)
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The Magware utensils are 18 cm (7 in) long and all together weigh 45 g (1.6 oz)

Cutlery made from single-use plastics is hugely convenient, but is also hugely problematic when it comes to the environment. Thankfully, a growing cohort of small companies are working to offer products that make eating when we’re out and about a less wasteful affair, the latest of which offers a durable set of cutlery that snaps together for easy carry.

Much like the compact and collapsible cutlery set from Outlery we looked at earlier in the year, Magware from Full Windsor is designed as a take-anywhere set of utensils that can chip away out our mounting problem with plastic waste. Full Windsor points to the growing use of personal, reusable water bottles instead of the disposable variety as an example of how we can clean up our act, and hopes its easy-carry cutlery can have a similar effect.

Cutlery made from single-use plastics is hugely convenient, but is also hugely problematic when it comes to the environment
Cutlery made from single-use plastics is hugely convenient, but is also hugely problematic when it comes to the environment

It promises its Magware utensils are made to last and has crafted them from 7075-T6 aluminum, a material known for its strength and durability. Embedded at two points along the handles of the knife, fork and spoon are magnets and male/female connector points, which enable all three utensils to snap together into a solid unit measuring just 2 cm (0.8 in) thick.

The utensils are 18 cm (7 in) long and all together weigh 45 g (1.6 oz). These sets of three can be slid into an accompanying hypalon pouch to keep them clean and safe, which brings the total weight to just 76 g (2.7 oz).

Embedded at two points along the handles of the knife, fork and spoon are magnets and male/female connector points
Embedded at two points along the handles of the knife, fork and spoon are magnets and male/female connector points

Like it did with its modular camping utensil called The Splitter last year, Full Windsor has turned to the Kickstarter crowd to get its Magware utensils into production, where they have been warmly received. After setting out to raise US$10,000, the campaign has attracted almost $50,000 at the time of writing, with early pledges of $34 still available that include one set of Magware cutlery and the carry pouch. It plans to ship in April 2020 if all goes to plan.

You can check out the pitch video below.

Magware - Magnetic Flatware

Source: Full Windsor

4 comments
MD
Packable, safe, "Flight ready", Cutlery has existed for decades. (stamped stainless steel or moulded BPA Free plastic some even store in a convenient utility can-opener for under ~$5) if not centuries in some form or another... Fads "solutions" like this will not create any inroads in the use of single use plastics. -Only the Lack of availability of Single use plastic cutlery (etc) will cause significant change... This is misguided firstworld attention to the non-problems of humanity. It will be no more convenient to carry this set to a party or ad-hoc picnic than it already is to carry the camp cutlery set many of us have in our hiking / back country kit.... Don't worry Lifecycle analysis will tell anyone that a lightweight set of polystyrene cutlery is more "green" than a wooden replacement, and most likely this "highech" boondoggle. - Given that it will be lost / misplaced/ thrown in the trash at some point (Fashions change - the set proves - long term - ineffective, as the knife doesn't cut steak and the fork is a hassle to use.. or some-other reason.) rather than being "the last set of cutlery you will ever need...." it will become just another consumer discard the designers are trying so hard to avoid.. lol..
Trylon
$34? Some people have more money than sense, easily taken in by gimmickry. There's more than just single-use plastic. There's also reusable plastic. Gobites Uno double-ended fork-spoon utensil: $4. Gobites Trio fork/knife/spoon/toothpick set with included case: $12. All made of a very tough, nearly unbreakable nylon.
Bill S.
MD, right on the money.
hugo60
Why not just encourage the use of single use chopsticks?