Plastic cutlery is no longer just being frowned upon; it is being replaced. This year in a historic verdict, plastic was banned in Mumbai uprooting the well-set plastic industry. Food industry giants like Starbucks are making an effort to cut down on their plastic waste by introducing non-plastic straws. Now there comes innovation in the face of ‘Edible Spoons’ which could perhaps solve all these synthetic problems.
These spoons not just help in eating your delicious food but can also be eaten up too if you find them tasty. Edible spoons are the next big thing which can potentially take the food industry by storm. Arguably, they are the one of the most exceptional innovation in the food industry which can change the way we eat and think about food.
Edible Spoons Making Waves
Bakey’s Pvt Ltd. which was founded by Narayana Peesapathy in Hyderabad is making attempts to provide spoons that can be eaten instead of the plastic spoons which will only be thrown away. Millet spoons are hitting the industry hard to make the world waste-free, encourage biodegradable spoons and help people avoid eating chemical of the plastic spoon.
According to various medical reports, the food consumed from plastic spoons and plates can cause cancer as it is believed that the chemical in the plastics may seep into the food too. On an average, a small takeaway serving from a small counter only delivers food uses 4000 spoons a month. Similarly, the desi-chat joints use more than 2000 spoons a week. There are about 120 billion pieces of disposable plastic cutlery which are disposed of in India every year.
The edible spoons are made of millet (Jowar) blended with other grains and are 100 percent natural and do not contain artificial preservatives. These ‘Millet Spoons’ come in various flavors, like plain, sweet and spicy, in different taste like ginger-cinnamon, ginger-garlic, celery, black pepper, cumin, mint-ginger, and carrot-beetroot. The USP of the spoons is that they have the shelf life of three years and decompose in just 4-5 days after the use. The shelf life and the decomposing time is itself a great achievement as an average plastic bottle takes more than 450 years to be entirely degraded from the environment.
At present, the spoon costs Rs 2 while the cost of the spoon can be reduced to half once it is produced in masses. The spoons have entered the market already.
The Restaurant and Hospitality industry is the largest consumer of plastic spoons. Millet spoons can help these businesses turn around and make them environment-friendly. Experts say that if restaurants, primarily ice cream parlors, and bakeries use this spoon instead of the regular plastic spoons, it would not just make the environment free from plastic to an extent but also help them create a unique identity in their customers’ mind, establishing an exceptional value and brand image of the food outlet.
Branding and creating value is not just one benefit attached to edible spoons, but it also makes the food safer than usual. Hopefully, more and more food joints would adopt these spoons and make earth free from plastic spoons.
Source: The Economic Times