KNORK Flatware

Designed for how you naturally eat

Who They Are

KNORK Flatware began where all good ideas start–the pizza parlor! Founder Mike Miller was with friends, eating pizza with a regular fork, and struggling to impress the ladies in his group. He looked at employees using pizza cutters and realized there had to be a better fork design, one that would utilize the same functionality, while still acting as a fork. From there, the rest is history. KNORK Flatware has been producing utensil options that are ergonomically designed to be functional and sleek additions to any dining table, picnic, lunch box, and more.

But, their innovation didn’t stop there! In 2018, KNORK partnered with Method Sourcing, bringing compost bins, utensil trays, and utensils made from plant materials to their customer base. Their newest line of utensils are fully compostable, but can be reused for up to a year before they start to break down: an innovative solution to traditional disposable utensils!

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Why We Like Them

KNORK Flatware is a great example of a large company learning to pivot towards more sustainable practices. After partnering with Method Sourcing, KNORK began to make small changes in their production and offices that reflect their growing dedication to sustainable initiatives. They’ve begun to reduce their waste by implementing electronic billing, recycling their packing supplies and boxes, and ordering low-waste or recycled office supplies. 

They’ve also begun reevaluating their product packaging, starting with the ECO line. Their new plant-based utensils are packaged fully without plastic in unbleached, recyclable kraft paper boxes. The utensils themselves are made from an innovative blend of 90% sugarcane, 10% bamboo, and a plant based, compostable binder made from corn, cassava, or sugarcane. Each utensil can be reused for up to a year, withstanding regular washes in the dishwasher or use in the microwave – but is also BPI certified compostable, breaking down in industrial facilities based on the ASTMD6400 standard for biodegradability. Plus, the bamboo used in each utensil is largely captured from furniture factory offcuts!

KNORK ensures that each product is made in a responsibly managed facility as well. Their factories undergo at least one social audit per year, with the ability for any manufacturers to bring in 3rd party auditing at any time. The machines used to create their ECO line are reconfigured, redesigned machines that utilize older technology to create the new plant-based materials. The factory is also partially run by renewable energy – a win win!

KNORK also participates in charitable initiatives, donating products to non-profit organizations that benefit people and the planet. One example is donating forks with cutting edges to Helping Hands Foundation, which helps families with children with upper-limb anomalies, as they know their ergonomic utensils can be helpful to those without use of both upper limbs. 

EarthHero believes that small actions can quickly add up, and supports companies that pivot to a more sustainable way of doing business. 

  • BPI Certified Compostable
  • BPA Free
    BPA Free
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
    Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Safe & Fair Labor
    Safe and Fair Labor
  • Charitable
  • Vegan
  • Sustainable Lifestyle
    Sustainable Lifestyle
  • Upcycled Bamboo
    Upcycled Bamboo
  • Plant Based Resin
    Plant Based Resin

This product contains material that has been third-party certified to meet ASTM Standards D6400 (for Compostable Plastics) or ASTM D6868 (for Compostable Packaging). These products break down in industrial composting facilities, and turn into usable soil. Appropriate facilities may not exist in your area.

Products that are labeled as BPA free do not contain Bisphenol A, a chemical commonly found in plastic products. Studies on BPA exposure have shown that high levels of BPA could lead to hormone disruption, effects on behavior and brain function, reproductive problems, breast cancer, heart disease, infertility, and more.

Some or all of the energy used to make this product is produced via renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, or hydropower.

We support safe and fair labor practices when producing sustainable products. This company cares for their workers by fostering a safe work environment and providing their employees with fair wage.

This company donates a portion of their time or profits to charitable efforts in their community or abroad.

This product does not contain any animal products or byproducts, and has not been tested on animals.

This product helps promote a more sustainable lifestyle. Whether it encourages re-use and the movement away from disposable products, or it promotes sustainable actions like recycling and composting, this product can help you lower your environmental footprint.

Bamboo is a fast growing, renewable, and durable resource. Scraps can be salvaged from the production of bamboo items like furniture, and are used to create new products. Using upcycled bamboo prevents waste from entering the landfill, and reduces the amount of energy and resources used to create new products.

Plant Based Resins are used as an alternative to fully-synthetic plastics. Instead of using Petroleum as the main base ingredient to form plastic, some companies have started replacing a portion of the ingredients with plant and vegetable extracts. This lowers the amount of resources extracted to create purely synthetic products, and often provides a use for agricultural byproducts such as corn or flax. Some plant based resins are made from 100% plant materials, and can be composted in industrial facilities. EarthHero recommends checking with your local compost facility to determine which items are safe to compost.

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