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The World’s First Edible Cutlery

The internet is an amazing place! A Kickstarter campaign was listed recently for edible cutlery. Yep, seriously, eat your meal then munch on your knife and fork. Utter brilliance. The campaign goal was $20,000 yet at the time of writing $178,173 has already been pledged. Clearly it’s a genius idea, and it’s easy to understand why it has been so well received.

Convenience Guilt

I love summer, even in the UK where the use of the word summer is questionable, I still love it. When the sun is out people are happier and life generally feels good. There’s nothing better on a summer’s day than inviting my mates over and having a BBQ. It may not be as common as in my homeland of Australia, but it’s still something practised with regular frequency in our home in London.

While I love the time spent relaxing with friends, sharing stories and laughs, I hate the mess at the end and the huge piles of dishes.

So I cheat.

I buy a load of disposable plastic cutlery, plates and cups. At the end of the day these can all be scooped up and put in the rubbish bin – careful to separate into the appropriate recycling boxes of course. It makes the cleanup just about bearable.

But even with the knowledge that the plastic will be recycled, I still feel guilty. I should use normal cutlery, plates and cups, and wash them up at the end of the day instead of using plastic. It’s kinder to the environment and to our planet. Shoot me, I’m a victim of convenience, and there’s no excuses. But I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one, there’s loads of people that use plastic because it’s cheap and convenient.

Creative Problem Solving

The reason so many people use disposable plastic cutlery is that there’s no alternative – excluding the washing up option that is. There are some wooden varieties, but they’ve got their own issues of sustainability sources.

Finally, an alternative might be just around the corner: a product that is guilt free and good for the environment.

Watch and listen while Narayana Peesapathy, founder of Bakeys Food, explains the journey he’s been on to bring his edible cutlery to the people.

Not only is the idea truly innovative, it’s very affordable. I pledged $24 (plus $10 shipping to the UK) and I’ll receive 500 edible spoons in my choice of flavours. That’s definitely enough for a couple of BBQ’s this summer. You can also super-size and get 1000 spoons that include all the flavours for $46.

The great thing about this cutlery, other than being better for the environment, is that if you don’t want to eat them you can throw them away and they’ll degrade like any other food substance. In an outdoor environment it’ll only take 10 days to degrade, the same way a biscuit would if you threw it out, assuming animals don’t get to it first.

Why Wouldn’t You?

The big aim of the Kickstarter campaign is to reach a high demand for the product to help reduce the production costs. The team at Bakeys also want to start being able to mass produce chopsticks and forks and expand into other tableware like cups and plates.

If it’s possible to reduce the production costs of edible cutlery to a comparable price of plastic cutlery then we could get rid of plastic cutlery altogether. If you could buy edible cutlery, and it actually tastes half decent, why wouldn’t you?

If you think the idea of edible cutlery is as clever as I do, head over to Kickstarter and back the campaign. Alternatively, wait until edible cutlery becomes mainstream and try them with your favourite take-away.

Cover photo by from Flickr used under Creative Commons

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