“I ordered for Idli Sambar and a spoon was being placed into it. So, as he was putting the spoon I grabbed it from his hands rubbed my thumb onto it, it was greasy. I took a sniff of it, it was already smelling of sambar. The spoon was being reused.” says Narayana Peesapati the founder of Bakey’s Edible Cutlery.
The world today has a plastic cutlery problem. In the U.S annually about 40 billion utensils are thrown up and in India about 120 billion. The problem resides in the fact that they are non-biodegradable. The problem however doesn’t end here. These plastic utensils are non- biodegradable that cause a major ill effect on the soil and the lives of living organisms. The irony in India is that there are stringent laws for safety of food in India. However, when it comes to manufacturing of the utensils through which we eat our food. There are no laws at all. Most of the materials used for manufacturing of these plastic utensils contain carcinogen elements.
Now, you may think do we really have an alternative for it? Well, the answer is, Yes! Now we do. Narayan Peesapati the Managing Director and the guy behind the Bakey’s Food Private Limited has found an alternative to plastic cutlery with edibles ones. The idea here is very simple – Eat what you eat with.
These edible cutlery is made from jowar, wheat flour and rice. The whole range of cutlery includes lunch spoons, soup spoons, forks and chop sticks. When placed in water they do not get soggy and only soften for sometime. If not eaten after being used they can be disposed easily as they are biodegradable and take only a few days’ time turn into compost. Or they can be also eaten by other animals like birds, squirrels, dogs etc.
When asked about how he developed such an amazing idea, Narayan said he got the idea when he was in a flight one day and had seen a Gujarati co-passenger use khakra as spoon for the dessert.
Narayan says, being a new concept bringing it into working was a difficult task. Collaborating funds, designing of machinery and building the technology were one of the biggest tasks. But he didn’t give up. Narayan recalls that he even had to sell two properties that he owned to raise 60 lakhs for the venture. Bakey’s today however is receiving funds from investors abroad and is also receiving orders from US and UK.
With an all women enterprise, Bakey’s cutlery can be bought online as well as through the stalls that it sets up. It has been successful in selling about 1.5 million spoons in India every year. However it’s trying to reach greater strides in the future in India and abroad.
With such a great idea to make the future greener and better this is definitely the need of the hour. And people like Narayan Peesapati are the heroes of 21st century.
Also, watch Narayan’s talk in TEDx VIT: http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Edible-Cutlery-Narayana-Peesapa
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