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So hungry you could eat your spoon, too?

Today, Startup Dunia featured a neat new ecofriendly social enterprise – BK Environmental Innovations.  Based in Hyderabad, they have created “bakeys,” which is edible cutlery.  In addition to producing a good that is environmentally friendly (they claim the spoon can degrade in a day, if you don’t choose to eat it), the company also has a policy to hire underprivileged individuals, with women making up 70% of their staff.   For aesthetic appeal, they add pulp from different vegetables to create an array of colors:

I can’t vouch for the taste, but it sounds like a great idea.  It would work well especially for big events, where plastic utensils are consumed in bulk and thrown away after a brief use.  If any TC-I readers want to try these out and report back, I’d love to hear how the utensils hold up after actually being used.

Shital Shah

Shital’s family immigrated from India when she was only four years old, but her heart and soul still remain there. She went on to graduate from Northwestern University and returned to India as an Indicorps fellow. She completed her Master of Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, specializing in International Development. In the past few years, she has been involved with the Washington Leadership Program, InSPIRE (a summer program for South Asian youth), and internships with Acumen Fund, the UN, Oxfam International, the World Bank, and New Visions for Public Schools. She currently works on savings, technology, and mobile banking projects in South Asia with ShoreBank International.

One Comment on “So hungry you could eat your spoon, too?”

  • 3 September, 2009, 1:20

    The idea of edible cutlery is a novel one. And it does hold the food, and hot soup without breaking. However, I strongly recommend the innovator to work on its taste. I tried promoting it both to Indian end users and overseas customers, to get an opinion, but no one liked the taste. Else, the product was highly appreciated.