Edible Utensils Are Good for You and the Planet

Plastic flatware might be cheap, but it’s also annoying to reuse and terrible for the environment when you throw it out. So Narayana Peesapaty set out to make utensils you can eat. He calls them Bakeys.

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Bakeys are made from a mix of millet, rice, and wheat flours and, as the name implies, baked dry. They have a shelf life of about three years and probably taste a little bit like Grape Nuts. Of course you don’t have to eat your utensils; Bakeys will safely biodegrade in the trash. They do look rather delicious and come in three flavors: plain, sweet, or spicy (a mix of black pepper, cumin, and caraway).

Currently these tasty pieces of cutlery are available in a variety of shapes including soup spoons, sporks, and even chopsticks. Unfortunately for customers outside Hyderabad, India, you must order at least 10,000 Bakeys at a time.

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DISCUSSION

Does anyone really think that a one-time-use utensil that requires manufacturing of heavy machinery to plant, harvest, and process crops that require countless acres of unsustainable fields that rely on man made fertilizers to exist — not to mention the manufacturing process required to churn out these things — is somehow better for the environment than a utensil that will be used thousands of of times? Why do people have such a difficult time considering the resources that go into creating something?