Social awareness and concern for the climate change has made recycling an essential task in our lives. There are initiatives that pursue combat the increase in waste single-use items, such as plastic cups or soda straws.
There are many establishments that no longer offer plastic straws to drink. Others have swapped plastic cups for paper cups. In others, they ask you to go with your reusable cup for coffee to go or charge you for the single-use cup. However, the fact of having packaging comestible It is one more step in recycling.
There are already plates, cutlery and bottles that are eaten, bags that are drunk along with the water they contain or biodegradable tableware. This is the case of the isotonic drink that was distributed in the London Marathon last year, packaged in capsules based on seaweed.
Although the packaging is safe and can be swallowed, runners could dispose of the wrapper as it is biodegradable.
Tableware that is eaten
The edible tableware they are not impossible and there are more and more ecological solutions to take care of the planet and generate the least amount of waste possible. Spoons, knives, forks, plates and even the same restaurant menu could be eaten calmly if you are still hungry. And, if you don’t want to eat it, they are biodegradable to use as compost.
This is the case of edible cups, a cup similar to an ice cream cone made from cereals and which is also edible. The container that does not affect the taste of the content inside. And if we don’t want to eat this glass, it’s biodegradable. We can also find glasses made of algae jelly, which can add smell and flavor to the drink we are drinking and then take a good bite of the glass so as not to leave a trace.
There are also coffee cups made of biscuits that have a sugar coating inside so that the container can hold the liquid without melting. It was an invention of the Italian cafe Lavazza (@lavazzaes).
Cutlery is also eaten
The Indian company Bakey’s devised a way to replace plastic cutlery, avoiding generating tons of waste. Its formula is to mix millet, rice and wheat, forming a resistant paste so as not to disintegrate when in contact with liquids. In addition, these cutlery can be flavored with ingredients such as ginger, garlic, pepper, for example, to make them more appetizing.
There are also brands that have changed the paper packaging of some foods for other foodstuffs, made from rice, potato, wheat or corn, thus seeking to reduce the waste we generate.
Source: Diario Ecologia by diarioecologia.com.
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