If one examines any pile of trash, it will be seen that one of the major components in it is disposable stuff; and amongst this category, plastic cutlery’s contribution is quite substantial.
Wouldn’t it be amazingly convenient if after using cutlery we could just eat it? Hyderabad, Telengana’s Narayana Peesapaty had the same idea and he went on to establish Akeys Foods private limited, which is a pioneer in manufacturing edible cutlery on a commercial scale. Bakeys edible cutlery is a healthy, hygienic and eco-friendly alternative to the very polluting plastic cutlery which also has a high carbon footprint.
Plastic contains toxic and carcinogenic substances which leach into food and harm the health of the user directly. Even in ‘Food Grade Plastic’, this leaching happens, albeit under the so-called ‘permissible limits’.
All of Bakeys edible cutlery is made up of a blend of jowar, rice and wheat flours to which small amounts of cummin, carrom, black pepper, rock salt and sugar are added. The mix is kneaded with plain hot water and turned into dough which is then moulded into different shapes and baked. The entire range contains no chemicals, preservatives or even fat.
The basic price of a single piece of cutlery is as low as Rs 2, making it a very attractive, low cost and eco-friendly alternative. The wide range includes dinner spoons, soup spoons, dessert spoons, chop sticks and forks. The cutlery once taken out of the packaging has to be preserved in an air tight container.
If one does not wish to eat the spoon after the meal, one can safely throw it in any plant and just pour some water on it. In this way it readily gets absorbed into the soil. Alternately the used cutlery can even be added to compost. Bakeys eco-friendly, edible cutlery does not turn soggy or drop off even in hot liquids like soup, tea or coffee.
This range is so safe that it can even be offered to teething babies. It can safely be used and consumed by the elderly and even pregnant women. The cutlery is high on nutrition and supplies a good dose of energy when hungry. Apart from being 100% biodegradable, Bakeys cutlery can safely be consumed by both vegetarians and vegans.
Text Compiled By Mala Bajaj