Edible cutlery is the way of the future

Leah Cohen

One man is fed up with plastic waste and is committed to making a change.

Narayana Peesapaty is from India, where over 120 billion pieces of disposable plastic cutlery are thrown away each year.

Bakeys edible cutlery is highly nutritious and comes in a range of flavours. Photo: Facebook

Plastic contains numerous chemical compounds that can cause cancer, leak into our foods and cannot biodegrade, but still we use it, “Why?” Peesapaty asks.

This is how Bakeys edible cutlery was born. Not only is it environmentally friendly, it’s “tasty, fun and highly nutritious,” Peesapaty says.

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Made from millet, rice and wheat, the edible cutlery has a three year shelf life and comes in a variety of flavours, from ginger and cinnamon to black pepper or cumin.

According to Peesapaty, you can use it for hot soups and to stir boiling teas and it won’t disintegrate. And if you don’t want to eat it, throw it away and it will decompose in four days.

Bakeys hopes to replace plastic and wooden cutlery and bamboo chopsticks with nutritious edible alternatives. Photo: YouTube

The video showcasing the clever invention went viral earlier this month, and is the first technology of its kind in the world. Peesapaty hopes his product will take off and eventually make plastic cutlery obsolete.

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While Bakeys edible cutlery is taking India by storm, having sold over 1.5 million units already, do you think it could become popular enough to replace plastic cutlery around the world entirely?

I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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