Do Your Part for the Environment and Eat Your Spoon!

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Triangle Tree


A 100% edible spoon




A look into what a more sustainable utensil might look like in the future

Photo Credit: Triangle Tree

Even for the most environmentally conscious of us, it’s easy to be tempted by the convenience of disposable utensils. But even under the most ideal conditions, a plastic spoon would take at least 20 years to decompose; these conditions virtually never happen though, putting the more realistic time of decomposition into the range of a thousand years or more. As waste in landfills piles up, it becomes readily apparent that sticking to our current habits is not at all sustainable.

Recognizing this problem, New York-based product design company Triangle Tree has developed a quirky solution – an edible spoon. The Edible Spoon is entirely organic and made mainly from corn, but the ingredients also include whole wheat flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, eggs, separated milk, spices and herbs. In addition to that, they come in plain, spicy, and sweet flavors, to best suit whatever meal you’re eating. Triangle Tree has also incorporated a clever design of putting weakened lines into the spoon, so that once it’s time to finish the spoon, it can break up into more manageable pieces.

 While at this point, the Edible Spoon may only be a novelty, it provides insight into what a more sustainable utensil might look like in the future, while also serving as a conversation piece at your next dinner party.

Drew Nitschke is a first-year graduate student at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, working towards degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. He is especially interested in sustainability and how it relates to business of all sizes. He graduated from UCLA in June 2012 after...
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