New Delhi, May 9: The whole world is fighting against the pollution caused due to plastic. And here people are eating their plates and spoons because they are not made of plastic. Shocked! Yes Indian entrepreneur Narayana Peesapaty Bakey’s, makes spoons and plates which are delicious. Based in India and founded by researcher Narayana Peesapaty, Bakey's produces an alternative to disposable plastic and wood cutlery- an edible cutlery.
Experts estimate that over 40 billion pieces of plastic cutlery end up in the garbage each year - And that's just in the US. The numbers are even worse in India where an astounding 120 billion pieces clog the landfills annually. Narayana Peesapaty’s start-up Bakey's, transforms mundane cutlery into delicious treats!
How it is made?
The company's first product was a spoon. Made of sorghum, rice, and wheat flour, it is vegan, has no preservatives and is both trans-fat and dairy free. The edible cutlery has a shelf life of up to three years when stored in a dry and cool place. The spoons also come in numerous sizes and therefore, can be used for both eating and serving food. Thanks to its primary ingredient, sorghum, the utensil is quite resilient and able to withstand anything from hot soups to frozen desserts for about 15-20 minutes without disintegrating.
With flavors like sugar, ginger-cinnamon, and cumin, the utensils are a culinary treat. However, even those that do not wish to consume the spoons will feel no regret in tossing them out.
Peesapaty, says that the reason for selecting sorghum instead of the more commonly used sugarcane and corn, is that the climate-smart hardy grain requires fewer nutrients and water to cultivate. As a result, Bakey's spoons use far fewer resources than other biodegradable alternatives. The entrepreneur says that as his product becomes popular, he hopes to encourage more farmers to switch to growing sorghum instead of rice which requires 60 times the amount of water! Peesapaty believes this simple change will help restore the area's rapidly declining underground water table.
According to Bakey's, their edible cutlery and its ingredients comply with food safety standards. In addition to helping the environment, the company is also making a positive impact on the local community by employing women in need of income.
Peesapaty, who has sold over 1.5 million spoons since he established Bakey's in Hyderabad, India in 2011, has two main challenges he still needs to overcome. He needs to lower the production costs so that the edible spoons are as affordable as their plastic counterparts, and also establish an international distribution system so that they can be available globally. The company also hopes to expand its offerings to additional cutlery items like forks and chopsticks.
Currently, Bakey's cutlery is only available online and is limited to spoons -- however, the more people buy them, the cheaper and more available they will become.