Newfie wrote:Good grief, lick it and lay it on the counter.
You might do that but will your wife and daughters go along? (If you have them as I do ). I'm considering the two likely scenarios of plastic spoons used once and disposed of vs. traditional flatware used in modern manner, IE. washed dried and stored between uses. There are lots of other cases you could consider such as using the plastic spoon three times before discarding it etc. but that just muddles the issue.
I use both strategies. At home we use flatware the American way both sink washing and using a modern dishwasher. When I am at hunting camp or summer RVing we use one time plastic as washing facilities are at a premium and the time budget is crowded.
I expect the plastic is a waste but I can't prove it out of hand without computing the cost of the hot water used to clean the steel flatware.
And at any rate your not going to get a plastic knife to carve your steak.