The Indian company Bakeys is going to be the first to commercialize edible cutlery worldwide, which has great potential to reduce plastic waste. Chinese spoons, forks, and chopsticks are made from rice, wheat, and sorghum flour.
Even if they are not eaten, the cutlery is biodegradable, in 3 to 5 days they disappear.
Approximately 40,000 million plastic cutlery are used annually in the United States alone, let's imagine around the world. The idea is to eliminate as much plastic as possible in this type of industry.
The dough is a mixture of rice, wheat and sorghum flour. It is made without preservatives, saturated fat or dairy. Sorghum crops need much less water for their production.
The edible cutlery is capable of withstanding up to 20 minutes submerged in the liquid. Its expiration date is three years under the right conditions.
The company tells us that the manufacturing process is very efficient, since they can manufacture 100 edible spoons of sorghum with the same energy that is needed to manufacture a single plastic utensil.
The CEO of the company is Narayana Peesapaty, a researcher at the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics.
They currently sell 1.5 million spoons a year in India, but interest from foreign countries has increased and they could not serve them. So they were funded through a kickstarter campaign, achieving a resounding success with 9,293 backers.