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.
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.
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'.
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.
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