Edible Cutlery: Eco-Friendly Utensils

What if you could finish your food and then eat the utensils you just used, would you eat it? Bakeys Foods Private Limited’s edible cutlery is the first of its kind to be mass produced. The company’s motto is to revolutionize its edible utensils, reducing plastic wastes. According to the product’s Kickstarter page, the U.S. uses approximately 40 billion plastic utensils a year, and that’s only the U.S. and plastic cutlery that are typically used just once. It’s no wonder that Bakeys Foods Private Limited (“Bakeys” for short) decided to find a solution to decreasing plastic waste. bakeys-edible-cutlery-02 Made of only three ingredients (rice, wheat, and sorghum), Bakeys’ edible cutlery is eco-friendly and degradable. If you drop an edible utensil outside, it can be eaten by animals like a biscuit. If not, it will naturally degrade within 10 days. Unlike corn-based biodegradable utensils, Bakeys’ edible cutlery does not need conditions to degrade. As long as it is exposed to nature, it will decompose, whereas corn-based biodegradable products need high heat to break down. bakeys-edible-cutlery-06 With no preservatives added and the lack of water and moisture, these edible cutleries have a shelf life of up to two years as long as it’s sealed in the package. This means that it will retain its crispiness unless exposed. So these edible utensils are crispy, but what about its taste? On the Kickstarter page, Bakeys Foods Private Limited says, “Our spoons are delicious.” Flavours of these edible cutlery include cumin, celery, ginger-cinnamon, ginger-garlic, mint-ginger, sugar, black pepper, and carrot-beetroot. bakeys-edible-cutlery-flavours-07 The edible spoons are tough enough to eat ice cream, yogurt, and even soup. This is because Bakeys uses the flour ingredient sorghum, which is a strong crop that can be cultivated even with a low amount of water. Not only are Bakeys’ cutlery edible and effortless to decompose, they also require less energy to produce. See below for a energy usage comparison between polypropylene, corn-/polylactide-based, and sorghum-based utensils. bakeys-edible-cutlery-05 Bakeys can produce 100 edible spoons for the making of one plastic utensil. Compared to corn- and polylactide-based spoons, 50 edible spoons can be made with the same amount of energy. bakeys-edible-cutlery-04 Although Bakeys’ edible cutlery is not gluten-free (it has less than 10 PPM in gluten per utensil), the company is working on it. It also plans to expand its edible utensils into cups, plates, and other disposable tableware. The company already has molds to mass produce chopsticks, dessert spoons, and forks. As a company that is fully vegan, trans-fat free, dairy free, and preservative free, Bakeys says, “Help us change the way we eat and think about waste!”

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