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ForeSights: Edible Cutlery; Cutlery made out of food-grade materials instead of plastic

ForeSights: Edible Cutlery; Cutlery made out of food-grade materials instead of plastic

  • June 2016
  • 17 pages
  • ID: 3921291
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Plastic is cheap, lightweight, and has great barrier properties. But is it getting too popular? Plastic production has increased more than 20-fold since the 1960s, and plastic currently holds a 25.0 percent share of the overall packaging market. The majority of plastic is not recycled after use, however, leaving behind waste that can last for centuries. Edible cutlery affords a way to address the plastic waste dilemma.

Main highlights

- Edible cutlery made from food-grade ingredients can completely eliminate plastic waste as it is intended to be eaten after use.

- The amount of waste generated by disposable cutlery is stunning. In India (IN) alone, about 120 billion plastic utensils are used each year, generating huge amounts of waste.

- Edible cutlery that is not consumed after use can degrade in as little as 10 days, completely eliminating waste.

- Water use and carbon dioxide emissions for edible cutlery are a fraction of those for disposable utensils made from petroleum products.

Abstract

ForeSights: Edible Cutlery examines a small but put potentially game-changing solution to the problem of solid waste generated by disposable cutlery. Less than one third of plastic packaging is recycled globally; the rate may be much worse for black plastic utensils due to singular material sorting issues. Edible cutlery and eventually edible dishes and cups could help overcome problems with solid waste.

This industry report was compiled using Canadean's ForeSights methodology, which aims to identify additional concepts that could influence the sector in fast-moving consumer goods.

Your main questions answered:

- How is edible cutlery superior to biodegradable cutlery, another type of cutlery marketed as a thinkable solution to plastic waste issues?

- Food ingredients such as sorghum are being used to make edible cutlery. What qualities does sorghum possess that make it a favourite for edible cutlery?

- Why has India (IN) become a world leader in taking on the issue of plastic packaging waste?

- Conventional plastic never truly biodegrades. What happens to conventional plastic when it is not recycled, and is simply discarded?

- The fast-food industry is experimenting with edible packaging in India (IN). What factor spurred the industry to experiment with edible packaging?

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- Consider emerging opportunities and segment risks in the fast-moving consumer goods market and gain insight into plausible future consumer behaviour.

- Identify interesting additional and emerging concepts, products, and ideas on offer in retail, foodservice, online spaces, and beyond.

- Understand how additional concepts and ideas fit into - or challenge - current consumer trends.

- Gain insight and inspiration for innovation programs and additional product development.

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