Meet Edible Spoons, Now No More Plastic Spoons At The Landfill
Peesapaty, a researcher and agriculture consultant from Hyderabad, India, developed an edible spoon made of millet, rice and wheat flours, in 2010. Now, after selling 1.5 million spoons for his company Bakeys, he wants to reach even more eaters. Peesapaty knows that means he has to cut the cost of his products to compete with cheaper plastic counterparts.
Kickstarter campaign launched by Peesapaty hoping to raise $20,000, but within nine days since launching the month-long crowdfunding campaign, Bakeys has netted more than $64,000 as of Saturday. It’s been flooded with so many inquiries, Bakeys representatives have taken to its Facebook page to plead for patience.
Its “edible lunch spoon,” which can last 20 minutes in hot liquid, comes in a variety of flavors: sugar, ginger-cinnamon, ginger-garlic, cumin, celery, black pepper, mint-ginger and carrot-beetroot. The spoons have a shelf life of two to three years.
“Our ambitions stretch far beyond the realm of edible spoons. Currently, we have molds to produce chopsticks, dessert spoons, and forks,” reads the company’s Kickstarter page. “Our plan is to expand into cups, plates, and many more traditional disposable tableware. Our goal is to create and expand into a whole new line.”
“You can eat it up. If you don’t want to eat it, you can throw it. It decomposes within four to five days,” Peesapaty said in a promotional video that has been shared millions of times since posting on March 16.
A new facility that can produce 800,000 spoons a day is in the works, the company writes on Kickstarter. It also plans to distribute other utensils within the next three months.
“Plastic is very cheap, true. But I can make it as cheap,” Peesapaty remarks confidently. “I can with volumes, and once I get the volumes, I [can go to] the farmers directly and start procuring raw material directly from the farmers, in which case my spoons will be as cheap as the plastic spoons.”
Kickstarter backers who give $10 can get 100 edible spoons, while $215 will get you 50 packs of 100 edible spoons.