Two Indian entrepreneurs, Narayana Peesapaty and Rama Devi Rayapudi, started a unique green business – a production of edible cutlery . BK Environmental Innovations. Has been among the first to turn it into a reality – company already offers forks, knives, spoons and chopsticks in 3 flavours (vanilla, strawberry and pineapple) and plans to expand the range. Cutlery is made of Sorghum flour know as Jowar – a traditional Indian product.
Marketed under the brand name ‘Bakeys’, the company has come up with additional ideas built on top of the edible cutlery. For example, they can add a splash of color to the cutlery by adding spinach (green), beet root (red) or carrot (orange) pulp to the product mix.
Narayan Peesapaty, managing director of B K Environmental Innovations, said: “I got the idea when I was travelling in a plane where they use plastic cutlery. It was extremely inconvenient and I knew there had to be some way to overcome this.” Sales of plastic cutlery grow for about 20-30% per year, generating significant non-biodegradable waste and polluting the planet.BK Environmental Innovations is a great example of truly sustainable business. They do not only sell green products, but they also popularize the idea of waste-free cutlery. Besides, there is additional sustainability is this business – BK Environmental Innovations support Indian Jowar farmers, who, for the past decade, felt a significant outflow of consumers – in India Jowar flour is slowly but surely replaced by rice