Indian startup Bakeys makes edible cutlery to reduce landfill waste
Michael Bucher for TIME
Ideas
May 12, 2016 6:20 AM EDT

Every year, humans waste billions of pieces of plastic flatware, which clog landfills and hurt the environment. So Indian startup Bakeys invented a line of forks, spoons and chopsticks that can double as dessert. The cutlery, made from hearty sorghum flour, is baked until nearly all its moisture is gone, meaning it’s strong enough to handle hot soup. And it comes in three flavors: savory (like a cracker), sweet (like an ice cream cone) and plain (like a wafer), all of which have sold well in India. Now Bakeys is focused on new markets; it recently raised more than $278,000 on Kickstarter for a global expansion.

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This appears in the May 23, 2016 issue of TIME.

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