Plastic cutlery has been around for years, widely considered the only choice for cheap, disposable cutlery. Knowing the threat plastic poses to our environment and health, Narayana Peesapaty created a tasty and nutritious alternative: edible cutlery. Made with flours of jowar (sorghum) blended with rice and wheat, the spoons contain no chemicals, preservatives, fat, emulsifiers, artificial colors, or milk products. They’re 100 percent natural, biodegradable, and come in a variety of sweet and savory flavors.

In 2016, Black Ticket Films and The Better India collaborated on this video to promote Peesapaty’s innovative edible spoons. “Two weeks after its release, the film had received 80 million views across multiple social media platforms and reached audiences in 20 countries.” The scientist’s company, Bakeys Edible Cutlery, also recived a lot of orders and investment interest. National Geographic is now sharing their story as a part of its Short Film Showcase.

Interested in reducing the amount of plastic you use? Check out Zero Waste Chef’s recommendations for Going Plastic-Free in 2018 (or Close to It), and Lauren Singer’s Zero Waste Swaps: Common Kitchen Items.

See more innovative solutions including turning banana peels into a bioplastic, The Fungi in Your Future, edible milk-based packaging, tents that turn into jackets, and catching fog to help combat Peru’s water shortage.

Bonus: How knives, forks, and spoons are made.

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