Firm develops edible plates as Europe moves to ban single-use plastic tableware

Waste not want not. The biodegradable products can also be eaten. Biotrem

A Polish company has come up with edible tableware made from wheat bran that users can snack on once they’ve devoured their main meal.

This original second course comes as the EU moves to ban single-use plastic knives, forks and plates by 2021 owing to mounting concerns over the huge number that are thrown away each year.

Jerzy Wysocki, the creator of the snackable tableware, who works for the firm Biotrem, came up with the idea of ecological products when trying to solve the problem of what to do with the waste product of mills. He wanted the product, the wheat bran, to be put to good use other than it ending up as animal food or compost.

The disposable tableware can be made from sustainable organic raw materials such as wheat bran, corn bran, cassava by-products, seaweed and even algae.Biotrem

“It took Mr Wysocki months to complete the prototype machine that allowed him to make the first testing products out of wheat bran, and then almost a decade to develop the whole manufacturing process,” Małgorzata Then, from Biotrem’s management board, told TFN.

Wysocki’s efforts resulted in a modern production facility, and the technology means that biodegradable disposable tableware can be made from sustainable organic raw materials such as wheat bran, corn bran, cassava by-products, seaweed and even algae.

Biotrem’s main product line in now biodegradable disposable tableware, including cutlery, produced from compressed wheat bran.Biotrem

Biotrem’s main product line in now biodegradable disposable tableware, including cutlery, produced from compressed wheat bran. If chucked on a compost heap, the products should be completely decomposed after just 30 days or, if eaten, they can be converted into calories. Another advantage is that they can be placed in an oven or a microwave because they can withstand high temperatures.

“With our technology 1 ton of wheat bran can be turned into up to 10,000 plates, bowls or cups,” said Then.