Company Met With Criticism Afer Launching Edible Utensils To Fight Plastic Waste

Environmentalists say the solution is less than optimal
Edible Cutlery
The products can be consumed after use, or will decompose within about five days (Photo: Instagram)

Indian dining ware brand Bakey's - which recently launched edible spoons, forks, and bowls in an attempt to reduce plastic waste - has fallen under criticism by environmentalists.

Cutlery

According to the company website, Hyderabad-based founder Andhra Pradesh created Bakey's with the aim to offer a 'healthy, nutritious and eco-friendly alternative' to single-use plastics.

The spoons and forks - developed in 2010 - and the brand's more recently introduced bowls and pots are made from sorghum, rice, and wheat flours.

They are available in plain, sweet, and spicy flavors and reportedly taste like crackers.

Single-Use Plastic
Environmentalists have argued that edible food ware is a less-than-ideal solution to the plastic problem

Waste reduction

Similarly to most plastic cutlery, Bakey's products are single use.

However, consumers have the option to either eat the cutlery after use or allow it to decompose naturally, which takes around four to five days - facts well received by many.

One commenter took to Instagram to suggest that Bakey's may be a viable be option for major players in the food industry, writing that Starbucks - a company currently making moves toward waste reduction - 'should also consider a product like this'.

Criticism

While the company is not without its supporters - and generated enough online interest in 2016 to earn $280,000 through crowdfunding page Kickstarter - Bakey's has fallen under criticism by environmentalists.

Emily Alfred of Toronto's Environmental Alliance told CBC: "We are still dedicating a lot of our resources to these new products, whether it is to create them, transport them, have them packaged or processed."

Alfred suggested that consumers should carry their own set of reusable cutlery, rather than opting for a single-use disposable product, to maximize waste reduction.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself. 

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Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.

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