With Koovee’s edible cutlery, you can have your utensils and eat them too

Kaycee Enerva

Kaycee Enerva

Koovee

French startup Koovee has found an innovative solution to tackle the issue of single-use plastic cutlery by creating edible and tasty utensils.

With up to 50 per cent of plastic produced yearly being single-use and thrown away after a few moments, the startup’s edible cutlery made from flour, rapeseed oil, salt, and natural flavours could be a game-changer.

The edible forks and spoons have a texture like crackers and come in several flavours: natural, almond, and Herbs de Provence.

Not only are they organic and yummy, but they are also sturdy enough for any meal and can even withstand hot liquids like soup.

What makes Koovee’s edible cutlery stand out is its ability to last more than five minutes when completely submerged in 70 degrees Celsius water – ideal for soup and other hot foods.

The utensils are “organic, yummy, and sturdy enough for any type of meal,” says Tiphaine Guerout, the ecologist and Sciences Po graduate who developed Koovee.

Many alternatives to plastic cutlery are not necessarily eco-friendly.

For example, bioplastics need to be composted at temperatures of 65 degrees Celsius or hotter, and wood cutlery is often made from materials harvested and transported over long distances. In both cases, the cutlery still ends up entering the waste stream. 

While washable silverware is the most sustainable option, most people hesitate to carry reusable cutlery around, especially if they cannot clean it immediately. Moreover, reusable silverware can be expensive.

Edible cutlery could provide the perfect alternative – safely biodegrading in a few days or as a tasty, post-meal snack.

Koovee has received financing from the French Bank of Public Investment (BPIFrance) and raised US$546,000 (€500,000) in an angel funding round in 2022.

The company produces more than 7000 pieces of cutlery daily and has several commercial customers. Guerout told Springwise that the company hopes to scale in Europe to provide Koovee to “every restaurant and supermarket.”

Kaycee Enerva

Kaycee Enerva

A digital content manager based in the Philippines, Kaycee Enerva has written for multiple publications over several years. A graduate of Computer Science, she exchanged a career in IT to pursue her passion for writing. She's slowly practicing sustainability through period cups, and eating more plant-based food.

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