Plastic cutlery, while being a convenient choice, is not only disastrous to the environment, but can be harmful to your health too.
Being a petroleum by-product, plastic is harmful to the human body owing to the presence of toxins and carcinogens that can be easily absorbed into our system.
48-year-old Narayana Peesapaty, founder and Managing Director of Bakey’s Food Private Limited has invented an environmentally appropriate solution that is surely going to be a game-changer for how we eat food.
Introducing edible spoons, a product that could possibly have been inspired from the gastronomic labs of world renowned British chef Heston Blumenthal.
The products are made up mainly of millet, rice and wheat and are made in different shapes and sizes. The convenient part about his invention is that this spoon doesn’t get soggy even in hot food and water. These edible cutlery are chemical free. There is no use of preservatives and the cutlery can last up to three years in an unused condition. However, you need to make sure they are stored in air-tight boxes or packed properly.
With the ingredients used, Mr Peesapaty’s aim is two-fold. Being a former researcher with ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics), he discovered the decrease in underground water resources wasn’t sustainable for paddy fields. Hence, to create a market for less irrigation crops, he chose millet as his primary ingredient in making the cutlery.
Currently priced at Rs.2 ($0.04) per piece, his main competition is plastic spoons as their utility is more in demand and are cheaper to attain. He aims to not only make his edible cutlery environmentally friendly, but hopes to cut the middleman and go straight to the farmers who’re the source for his ingredients as it’ll make the cutlery more affordable and available to consumers.
The cutlery can be used to eat anything and are safe for teething babies too. What’s more, since the product decomposes after five to six days upon using, you have the option to discard this bio-degradable utensil, without the guilt of harming the environment.
According to a research done by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) in 2013, Singapore consumes up to three billion plastic bags a year. Plastic continues to remain as one of the top four waste materials generated and the least recycled waste.
Let’s do our part by reducing the use of plastic and waste generated with some simple everyday steps to follow:
- Use a reusable produce bag like a cloth bag or a grocery trolley bag. A single plastic bag can take up to a 1,000 years to degrade!
- Reuse containers for storing leftovers or shopping in bulk.
- Use a reusable bottle or mug for getting your favourite drink, even while ordering it from a coffee shop.
- Carry your own metal tiffin for takeaways at food courts or hawker centers.
- Carry your own reusable steel cutlery.
- Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor.
- Have a bring-your-own-cup BBQ to avoid using disposable plastic cups and serve food on recyclable paper plates.
- Avoid using a plastic straw and simply sip away! In case you really must, consider investing in your own steel reusable straw.
- Package leftovers in glass or steel containers.
- Line waste bins with recyclable paper bags.
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