THE SATISFACTORY WAY OUT OF PLASTIC POLLUTION
Well, if you did not already know, there is such a thing as plastic pollution.
Plastic pollution involves the accumulation of plastic products in the environment that adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat, or humans. Plastics that act as pollutants are categorized into micro-, meso-, or macro debris, based on size.
The past 70 years of plastic waste have resulted in pollution scientists have termed the manmade Anthropocene. Plastic cutlery is a contributor to this enormous problem – estimates suggest the US alone uses 40bn plastic utensils a year and on the average it takes about 100 years to decompose, Thankfully, the founder of Indian cutlery company Bakeys has a panacea; Cutlery that tastes like crackers which you can eat .
The manufacturer hopes to expand into forks and chopsticks, but currently available is the vegan friendly spoons made from rice, wheat and sorghum, an ancient grain originally from Africa; Sorghum was chosen as a primary ingredient for its tough quality and because it is suitable for cultivation in semi-arid areas; and the cutlery comes in three flavours – savoury (salt and cumin), sweet (sugar) and plain. It is good for health as it contains fiber, iron, protein, calcium in the proportions required and is manufactured, hygienically; it is highly nutritious with a shelf life of three years
“It tastes like a cracker, a dry cracker because we don’t put any fat in it. It can complement any food. The taste of the food gets into the spoon,” says company founder Narayana Peesapaty.
There is a step by step guide from Yuka Yoneda's DIY recipe below on how you can make edible cutlery and help reduce plastic waste as well
Words From The Founder
Mr. Narayana Peesapaty believes that the “Change is inevitable. Before this change can overtake and overwhelm us, we should be the instruments of change”. He created this business to disprove the conventionally known fact that environmental safeguarding and social responsibility rarely integrate with sound business process”. He says, “For Bakeys Foods, environmental and social amelioration is the business”.
A product should be judged by its usability, availability and affordability and Mr. Narayana Peesapaty feels they will in a few months be the product you should have in your home or organization.
We need more change makers like him to see the visible difference in the world. The owner is a fan of Jowar as it helps in the nutrition of teething children, pregnant women and growing children and consists of complex carbohydrates. This is undoubtedly a revolutionary ‘Make in India’ initiative/product which is another reason why it has managed to get a lot of attention from individuals, entrepreneurs and the media.
Due to increase in the demand, Bakeys has come up with a crowdfunding campaign on Ketto and are looking for your support. You guys can pre-order their edible cutlery by clicking www.ketto.org/bakeys
// While Peesapaty hopes to expand Bakeys’ offering to edible chopsticks and forks, edible knives are out as moisture blunts them.
// Also, there is the issue of cost, an edible spoon can be sold for 2 rupees (2p) cheaper than the wooden equivalent but twice the price of a plastic spoon. However the goal is to get the cost of a spoon down to 1.5 or 1 rupees. He hopes to do this by sourcing crops directly from farmers and building an economy of scale by adding new production lines with the investment raised online.