We’ve been using plastic for as long as we can remember. And perhaps plastic was introduced in 1907 without taking into consideration its possible effects on the environment. Fast forward to 2016, movements have sprouted here and there to limit our plastic consumption, if not to totally adopt a plastic-free lifestyle.
One of the efforts that caught my attention was the “edible cutlery”. Yup. You read that right.
Let me tell you a little bit more about these wonderful little things…
In India, 120 Billion pieces of disposable plastic cutlery are discarded.
Narayana Peesapaty saw the damaging effect of single-use utensils and thought of creating an edible cutlery that would stifle the effects of plastic in the environment.
In his own words, the edible cutlery is:
And because of this, you have the option to eat it, if you feel like it, or just throw it if you’re done with your food and can’t take no more. In fact, the spoon can be eaten on its own – if you’re bored or if oral fixation hits, for instance. And yes, you can throw it away and not feel too bad about it because it decomposes in 4 to 5 days, unlike its plastic counterpart.
I’m sure by now you’re already wondering what the spoon is made of. Well, according to Peesapaty, the edible cutlery is made of. It’s mainly made from:
But it’s also made in different flavors – just so, you know, make eating with it more fun! The ingredients used are some of India’s favorite spices. Here are some of the ingredients used:
1. Sugar (this is a great option if you’re not a fan of adding an herbal flair to your meal)
2. Ginger and cinnamon
3. Ginger and garlic
4. Celery, black pepper, cumin
5. Mint and ginger
6. Carrot and beetroot
While there are flavored spoons, there are also unflavored spoons for the picky.
What I also love about these utensils is that it can last in hot liquids for up to 20 long minutes. That means, it’s really safe and fun to use when eating soup or any other hot liquids – coffee, anyone? As for shelf-life, it can last for 2-3 years.
This really makes me happy.
Just a heads up though, it’s not gluten-free. Remember that it contains wheat flour. However, there’s assurance that you’re not eating genetically-modified organisms. And that alone is comforting for me. And it’s a great tool that our vegan friends will surely love.
To learn more about these edible cutleries, visit this page: Edible cutlery on KickStarter
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