Back in 2010, Indian researcher and agriculture consultant, Narayana Peesapaty, came up with a creative solution to an overwhelming issue. With the realization that 120 billion plastic utensils were being thrown away each year in India, Peesapaty found a solution to the problem. He developed an editable spoon, and eventually a whole line of edible cutlery called Bakeys. Made out of millet, rice, and wheat, the edible cutlery comes in plain, savory, and sweet flavors. The cutlery is able to last in hot foods for up to 20 minutes and is made with out preservatives.
Sounds pretty good, right? It gets better. If the user doesn’t feel like eating the spoon, they can throw it out and it will completely decompose within five days. The use of the millet also helps to cut down on water usage for production, as millet does not require as much water as other grains to grow. As Bakeys become more and more popular, costs of production will be cut. Peesapaty hopes to be able to make his product cheaper than plastic, and has started a Kickstarter in hopes to make this happen.
With such a creative solution to a huge issue, it really gets the ball rolling. What else can we do to live more sustainably? Read this article and watch the video to learn more about Bakeys and their cause.