He makes cutlery that doesn’t go into the bin, but can be popped into your mouth, after you’ve polished off the dish. Recently, a video of Narayana Peesapaty’s edible cutlery went viral. That’s when everyone noticed this simple and sustainable solution to one-time use plastic spoons and forks. While the product—made of millets and rice—has grabbed everyone’s attention, we decided to meet the man behind this innovative product.
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He makes cutlery that doesn’t go into the bin, but can be popped into your mouth, after you’ve polished off the dish. Recently, a video of Narayana Peesapaty’s edible cutlery went viral. That’s when everyone noticed this simple and sustainable solution to one-time use plastic spoons and forks. While the product—made of millets and rice—has grabbed everyone’s attention, we decided to meet the man behind this innovative product.

Ever since his work caught the attention of social media, Hyderabad-based, Narayana Peesapaty, founder of Bakeys, the firm that produces edible cutlery, has been inundated with thousands of mails every day. So when we approach him, his wife Pradnya Keskar, who has been giving interviews on his behalf, politely requests us to call at 7.30am. Peesapaty has been so busy, that it is the only time of day he can have a decent conversation. “I receive a mail every second, and have over one lakh mails in my inbox every day,” Peesapaty tells us the next morning, and we can hear him hammer away at the keyboard even as he speaks to us.

Peesapaty developed his product in 2010, has been featured on Discovery Channel, and has a prestigious award under his belt. So what has triggered the sudden interest in his product now? “During the early days, my product had certain loopholes, so I did not want to jump into the market. I researched and filled the gaps and they are far better today. Also, today, social media is a powerful tool, which wasn’t so back then,” he tells us.

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Currently, Bakeys produces spoons, chopsticks and forks which are available in plain, sweet and savoury flavours. The cutlery is 100% safe as it is made from millets, rice and wheat. The ingredients include black pepper, rock salt, cumin and ajwain, among other items. After use, they can either be eaten or thrown away, and they decompose within 4 to 5 days. “We want these items to take on the flavours of the food and not the other way round. Coffee stirrers, soup spoons and salad bowls are next in the pipeline. We’ve designed the bowls so that they will absorb the flavours of the salads and enhance the taste,” he shares.

Peesapaty’s primary aim is to reduce the plastic burden, but he is also trying to create a market for millets. By doing so, he plans to encourage farmers to return to millet farming, making it more profitable. “The rice crop requires 60 times more water than millets. I’m also developing a plan around the sustainable use of waste generated from crops, which will make use of crop residue and put an end to the pollution created by burning it.” At Bakeys, he plans to involve and empower women in all his enterprises. “Our employees are like family. They earn a living and are proud to work towards a social cause,” adds Peesapaty.

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While he’s making sure we use safe and eco-friendly cutlery when we’re eating out, he himself is not a fan of outside food. “I am not a foodie and prefer home-cooked meals.” We salute Narayana Peesapaty for his passion. “I’m just a simple man, and want to do my bit to save the environment.”

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