Edible Cutlery
Eco Friendly Utensils
Ken Moliver , Editor | Apr 21, 2016
Title: Editor
Topic category: Going Green

Eat your spoon after the meal

Bakeys, a company based in India, has launched the world’s first edible cutlery line. With a long shelf life and short decomposition time, they have found a good balance with tasty spoons. Help them change the way we eat and think about waste by supporting their Kickstarter.

This campaign was created by Sarah Munir. She is working to promote and distribute edible utensils. The project will help them expand shipping to anywhere in the world and begin to invest in more traditional disposable tableware such as chopsticks, forks, cups, and plates.

Bakeys founder, Narayana Peesapaty, believes "Change is inevitable. Before this change can overtake and overwhelm us, we should be the instruments of change."

Our mission is to start a cutlery revolution. Currently, about 40 BILLION plastic utensils are used just within the United States within a year. Worldwide, this becomes a figure at 16 times this magnitude. A majority of these utensils are only used once and then discarded.

Our goal is to provide a replacement for the current disposable utensils on the market. Our spoons are delicious and have a shelf life of 36 months. If they are not consumed, they are able to degrade in any outside environment within 10 days or be eaten by other animals, similarly to a biscuit that may be thrown outdoors.

And we understand how important it is to be able to provide delicious cutlery that can be eaten by anyone. We are already fully vegan, preservative free, trans fat free, dairy free and operate on principals of fair trade. The lack of water, moisture, or fat in our product allows it to have a long shelf life without the need for extra preservatives. Because we knead our dough through a certain method, our final product contains less than 10 ppm in gluten. Though we are not yet certified gluten free, we are working on it, and our ultimate goal is to create a formulation that requires absolutely no wheat.

Their eatable spoons are currently made of three flours: rice, wheat and sorghum. They are available in these enticing flavors: sugar, ginger-cinnamon, ginger-garlic, cumin, celery, black pepper, mint-ginger and carrot-beetroot.

We have put a focus on bringing up the following certifications within the following year: Gluten Free, No High Fructose Corn Syrup, No Trans Fat, Vegan, Organic, No Preservatives, Dairy Free, Fair Trade, Non-GMO and Kosher.

Bakeys is being eco-friendly in every way possible. From the ingredients to the packaging, they are being a responsible company worth supporting.

Compostable utensils made of corn may seem like an answer to the problem. But it turns out, a good percentage of corn based biodegradable utensils are thrown into landfills anyway, where they will remain for a very long time without degradation. Because these utensils need high heat and very specific conditions to properly degrade, many times their benefits are negated. Compared to sugarcane and corn, which are the major crops currently used for biodegradables, sorghum requires far fewer nutrients and water for cultivation. Sorgum is a crop known for its ability to grow in 95% of the world's arable land. It drains far less land water than rice, corn, and several other corn crops. And it is very environmentally friendly to produce in a massive scale.

Of the energy it takes to produce 1 plastic utensil, we can produce 100 sorghum based spoons. And in comparison to Corn/PLA, we are able to produce 50.

Currently, we package 50 spoons altogether to minimize our packaging. We are currently utilizing cellophane, which is biodegradable, but we ultimately wish to get rid of this. We are exploring other alternatives for packaging, such as water-soluble packaging inside a box.

This Kickstarter project will be funded on Sun, Apr 17 2016. While backing this project is worthy it is more important to support any and all companies that are changing the way we look at pollution and use of the world's limited resources.

We need to go back to the basics... Give a Hoot – Don't Pollute!

Let's hope that more companies begin to put the planet first when making important decisions on how they conduct their business. Look for the Bakeys products when they become available and help spread the word. This is the kind of business we should want to succeed - with many more following having innovative products inspired by what they see here.

Sarah Munir |Mar 18, 2016
FROM: Kickstarter
Tags: Eatable Utensils, Biodegradable Utensils, Eco-Friendly, Eco Friendly Utensils, Sorgum
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