Edible Cutlery: A Delicious Way To Reduce Plastic Waste

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Photo Credit: Bakey's

Tossing a plastic spoon or fork into the trash after using it once is not just acceptable; it is fashionable. Experts estimate that over 40 billion pieces of plastic cutlery end up in the garbage each year - And that's just in the US. The numbers are even worse in India where an astounding 120 billion pieces clog the landfills annually. But that may change soon thanks to Indian entrepreneur Narayana Peesapaty whose start-up Bakey's, transforms mundane cutlery into delicious treats!

The company's first product is a spoon. Made of sorghum, rice, and wheat flour, it is vegan, has no preservatives and is both trans-fat and dairy free. The edible cutlery has a shelf life of up to three years when stored in a dry and cool place. The spoons also come in numerous sizes and therefore, can be used for both eating and serving food. Thanks to its primary ingredient, sorghum, the utensil is quite resilient and able to withstand anything from hot soups to frozen desserts for about 15-20 minutes without disintegrating.

Photo Credit: Bakey's

With flavors like sugar, ginger-cinnamon, and cumin, the utensils are a culinary treat. However, even those that do not wish to consume the spoons will feel no remorse in tossing them out. That's because unlike plastic spoons that sit in landfills for eternity, Bakey's utensils decompose within 5-6 days when exposed to the elements.

While these attributes should be enough to have everyone clamoring for the edible spoons, there is more. Peesapaty, says that the reason for selecting sorghum instead of the more commonly used sugarcane and corn, is that the climate-smart hardy grain requires fewer nutrients and water to cultivate. As a result, Bakey's spoons use far fewer resources than other biodegradable alternatives. The entrepreneur says that as his product becomes popular, he hopes to encourage more farmers to switch to growing sorghum instead of rice which requires 60 times the amount of water! Peesapaty believes this simple change will help restore the area's rapidly declining underground water table.

Photo Credit: Bakey's

And if that is not enough to impress you how about this? In addition to helping the environment, the company is also making a positive impact on the local community by employing women in need of income.

Peesapaty, who has sold over 1.5 million spoons since he established Bakey's in Hyderabad, India in 2011, has two main challenges he still needs to overcome. He needs to lower the production costs so that the edible spoons are as affordable as their plastic counterparts, and also establish an international distribution system so that they can be available globally. The company also hopes to expand its offerings to additional cutlery items like forks and chopsticks.

Currently available spoon flavors (Photo credit: Bakey's)

To achieve these goals, Bakey's recently set up a Kickstarter campaign with an aim to raise a modest $20,000 USD. With three days still to go, it has managed to raise over $240,000 USD from over 8,000 individual backers. Though Bakey's may never be able to replace the use of plastic cutlery, it will make a difference — That's because every edible spoon the company sells means one less utensil in the landfill!

Resources: kickstarter.com,citylab.com,zmescience.com

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936 Comments
  • wolfieland
    wolfielandWednesday, September 9, 2020 at 5:32 am
    smart
    • leiker1414
      leiker1414Friday, May 29, 2020 at 9:11 am
      I want it NOW. Those are edible. Wow. At first those looked like wood but there edible. Impressive.
      • bsc
        bscThursday, May 28, 2020 at 5:26 pm
        That is such a good idea!
        • effie302
          effie302Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 4:14 pm
          but they are really cool, because if you eat these spoons with ice cream then you have a little bit of whatever flavor of ice cream left on the spoon isn't that cool?! like follow comment if you absolutely agree!!!!!!
          • effie302
            effie302Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 4:13 pm
            I've seen these spoons before in mukbangs, if you don't know what mukbangs are basically they eat things that look like everyday objects but are actually edible and other mukbangs eat seafood alive, I know it sounds gross, but guys never ever ever eat a octopus alive, your gonna regret it. Always eat things when they are dead and cooked.
            • cali_gurl
              cali_gurlThursday, May 14, 2020 at 11:06 am
              it sounds really cool to have and I love the environment.
              • ijustateadog
                ijustateadogTuesday, January 14, 2020 at 12:09 pm
                what is the spoon made out of
                • leiker1414
                  leiker1414Friday, May 29, 2020 at 9:06 am
                  It looks like wood or something to me idk. 🤔🤗
                • gxFriday, November 8, 2019 at 9:49 am
                  i want it now
                  • jennyjenMonday, April 15, 2019 at 11:10 am
                    that is super cool
                    • Keke Friday, January 18, 2019 at 10:57 am
                      i want it NOW