Thanks to the glorious amount of sunshine we had a fantastic festival season this year. Sadly, a season like this leaves its traces in the environment due to the large waste production. For years, organisers have been looking for zero waste solutions for this issue. Consumers are also becoming increasingly aware of the damaging effect of plastic on the environment and are requesting more recyclable and reusable packaging.
This summer, the visitors of Rock Werchter, Tomorrowland and Pukkelpop could try the edible crockery made by caterer Foodmaker. They are known as the perfect alternative for fatty festival food and offer healthy meals full of vegetables and without preservatives. The edible crockery on which the meals were served is fully biodegradable. The plates are made of vegetables and grains and the cutlery is made of corn. This investment in zero waste packaging did not influence the price for the visitors. Foodmaker considered this season to be a testing phase, an investment in their brand.
“DESIGN TO DISAPPEAR”
Edible crockery is a growing trend. It prevents a lot of waste… and dish washing. Not to mention that it’s rather fun to nibble your plate after enjoying your meal. An entirely new dining experience!
Fortunately, the Amsterdam-based art and technology collective Mediamatic has found a solution for this; they designed disposable crockery made of tempeh that is biodegradable, edible and tasty too (not unimportant).
The tempeh plates are biodegradable, taste better than other ‘edible’ crockery and contain more vitamins than the limp pizza that is put on them. For example, tempeh plates are edible and biodegradable. The edible cutlery made by the Indian company Bakery[J1] is not only handy, but also nutritious. It comes in 3 flavours: plain, sweet and spicy. Special features are that the cutlery can be kept up to three years and that it’s heat-resistant. That means that you can also use the spoons in soup and tea.
These cups and straws by Loliware are made of seaweed. Organic sweeteners, flavours and colours derived from fruits and vegetables are used to flavour them. They are available in citrus, matcha tea, vanilla, and cherry. If they do end up on the ground, they break down in no time. Compostable in 60 days!
The Netherlands still has some catching up to do with this trend, but we should be there soon! After all, we already enjoyed edible paper as children!