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Edible Cutlery

An innovative approach to solving everyday use cases.

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From the city I come from in Southern India, few years back I have been introduced to Narayana, who founded a small scale industry which manufactures Edible cutlery.

It is a great environmental initiative yet sustainable as a business.

What is edible cutlery?

A spoon or plate, which you can eat it after consuming the food.

What does it solve?

It replaces the throw away plastic spoons which we use at parties, ice cream shops and other eateries. Especially street food is famous in India. All the small owners use cheap plastic spoons. By replacing them with edible ones, solves a major use case where we can prevent the use of plastics and yet make money from the business ( most of them are curious and interested in eating out the spoon ).

How does this research relate to our Use Cases?

For the Use case 3, where local shop owners tend to use cheap plastic straws, spoons and plates. If we can find an alternate solution which doesn't disturb their business and yet is friendly to the environment.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

Look out for such use cases in our daily life, where can eliminate the usage of plastic by changing the product composition, physical appearance, design etc. eg: Straws from a coffee shop can be altered in shape or material to make more useful to us.

Tell us about yourself

I'm a product designer who team up with friends and relative to think and solve simple problems which might bring a positive impact. This research brought an innovative perspective to look at the problem at root than trying to solve the symptoms.


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Photo of Kate Rushton

Hi Manoj!

There is lots of inspiration here for the ideas phase that starts in 9 days time. Could we have edible straws and coffee lids?

I have never tried a Starbucks Cookie Straw - - but are they on the lines of what you are thinking?

Photo of Manoj Manduva

Hi Kate,

Yea, we can extend it to straws too, but I'm not sure how functional they are.

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