Eat Your Disposable Spoon Instead of Tossing It In the Trash
This edible utensil comes in flavors ranging from mint-ginger to carrot-beetroot
Billions of plastic knives, forks and spoons are used once and just as quickly thrown away in the U.S. each year, according to India-based company Bakeys. But if consumers could eat their cutlery instead of tossing it in the garbage, the company’s founder thought, a “cutlery revolution” might be born.
Bakeys’ goal is to replace the disposable utensils used by fast food companies and consumers with an edible, biodegradable alternative. The company’s spoons—its first offering on Kickstarter —are made of rice, wheat and sorghum flours, and are able to naturally degrade outdoors in 10 days.
The spoons are also vegan and are free of preservatives, trans fat and dairy. Without added water, moisture or fat, the spoons have a naturally long shelf life—up to two years, according to Bakeys, which was founded in 2010.
The company is touting the spoons as ideal tools for eating ice cream, yogurt and soup. In addition to preventing the spoons from degrading when they’re placed in liquids, sorghum, the primary ingredient, also requires few nutrients and water to cultivate, making for a more environmentally friendly product. According to Bakeys, the energy used to produce one plastic utensil could fuel the production of 100 of its sorghum-based edible spoons.
The spoons come in eight flavors: sugar, ginger-cinnamon, ginger-garlic, cumin, celery, black pepper, mint-ginger and carrot-beetroot. The company hopes to expand into production of other utensils, such as forks and chopsticks, and even manufacture edible dishware such as cups and plates in the future.
Funds raised from Kickstarter will help Bakeys purchase molds for those other types of utensils, as well as keep the price per spoon low enough to make the products accessible to consumers on a budget, according to the company. Bakeys also hopes to soon move into a facility that will be able to handle the production of 800,000 spoons a day.