Do you care about the food system? Take part in our Annual Survey 2024

Take the survey
forkandspoon.jpg
Earth First

5 Reasons to Use Edible Utensils

You ordered take-out, and the restaurant forgot to give you plastic utensils. Maybe that wasn't so terrible, considering up to 20 million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans each year.

Yes, you read that right - up to 20 million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans each year.1 Here are FIVE reasons you should consider switching to edible utensils:

1. They’re eco-friendly

They help limit plastic waste and are completely biodegradable. Plastic cutlery is usually made of polypropylene and polystyrene,2 which can take over 400 years to photodegrade.3 Producing just one pound of plastic cutlery can take up to 78 litres of water and release 2.5 lbs of CO2!4

W-H-O-A. I know.

Edible utensils, on the other hand, are made of safe-to-eat ingredients. For example, Bakey’s edible cutlery only uses three ingredients: rice, wheat and sorghum (an ancient grain from Africa).5 When Bakey’s produces their sorghum, one pound of sorghum only uses 4.35 litres of water and releases 0.19 lbs of CO2!6

2. They’re functional

They come in the shape of forks, spoons and chopsticks. They can last up to 18 months, and if you don’t finish eating it by the expiration date, just pour water on it or compost it - it degrades within 3 days.

3. They’re delicious

They come in three flavours: plain, sweet and savoury. But they don’t overpower the taste of your food!

4. And nutritious

They contain fibre, iron, protein and calcium. Sorghum is also naturally high in micronutrients. And, if you’re celiac, they can be made totally gluten-free. And if you need the extra energy, they are about 34.86 calories per utensil.

 

 

5. They’re SOUP-er for your soup

Edible spoons are the perfect addition to your soup. Unlike normal crackers or croutons, they won’t become soggy while you eat your soup.

Other alternatives

An equally great alternative is to just bring around your own reusable utensils. Maybe next time pack and extra fork, knife, spoon, or pair of chopsticks in your lunch bag!


Annual audience survey

Do you careabout thefood system?

Take part in our Annual Survey 2024

Take the survey

Related articles

Most viewed

Earth First

How to Eat Edible Flowers

Virginie Maenhout

Do you also get excited when discovering colourful flowers in your fresh salad? Or do you feel extra…

Earth First

Seaweed Harvesting in The Netherlands I Ask the Expert

Kim Verhaeghe

Jan Kruijsse harvests seaweed for a living. He sells it to restaurants, fishmongers and food…

Earth First

Could Invasive Species be the Future of Sustainable Dining?

Benedetta Gori

While the rapid expansion of invasive species is challenging ecological balance, an emerging…

Earth First

Extra Virgin Olive Oil | Real or Fake Olive Oil?

Dr Michelle Spence

Extra virgin olive oil is hailed for its health benefits and superior taste, but it’s also a…

Earth First

Creating Healthy Soils | Could Apps be The Answer?

Lina Dilly

Soil is one of our most valuable resources. In agriculture, soil quality not only determines what…

Earth First

Animal Agriculture | Is it All Bad?

Rachel Bailleau

Animal agriculture is a leading driver of ecological destruction. But what if it’s not all bad?…

Earth First

6 Reasons Why We Should Care About What We Eat

Merel Van der Meer

Nowadays, it seems guaranteed that our supermarket shelves will always be filled with food and…

Earth First

Crops That Feed The World | Rice

Madhura Rao

Bibimbap, Biryani, Jollof Rice, Nasi Lemak, Paella, Risotto, Sushi – the list of delicious rice…

Earth First

Reusing Olive Waste | Ask the Expert

Annabel Slater

Over 3 million tonnes of olive oil is produced each year. This generates a massive amount of…

Earth First

Chemical Fertilisers are Feeding the World - But at What Cost?

Rachel Bailleau

Thanks to synthetic fertilisers, we produce more than enough calories to feed 8 billion people. But…

Human Stories

Regenerative Lessons From Indigenous Food Systems

Rachel Bailleau

When European colonisers came to North America, they said they were settling in “unused” and…

Human Stories

How A Conventional Pig Farmer Went Organic | Portrait in Germany

Ute von der Lieth, Michael Reber

Until the end of 2019, 12.9% of all agricultural businesses in Germany had farmed their land…

Keep updated with the latest news about your food with our newsletter

Follow Us