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A Polish Company Is Producing Edible, Environmentally Friendly Plates To Replace Plastic

Still a bit hungry? Chow down on your plate instead of throwing it away.

In response to the disastrous impact of plastic consumption on the environment, the European Parliament has decided to permanently ban plastic cutlery and plates by 2021. 

To replace them, companies are starting to develop eco-friendly initiatives. Among these are the disposable plates and cutlery made from wheat bran produced by a Polish company. 

Simple Yet Effective

Located in Zambrow in Poland, the company Biotrem, founded by Jerzy Wysock, has been producing containers from wheat bran for the last fifteen years. Bran is a surplus product recovered during the wheat production process, which is squeezed with a small amount of water at high temperatures in specific machines to transform it into bowls, plates and cutlery, which are completely biodegradable and compostable within 30 days of use. 

It's possible to create 10,000 plates from one ton of wheat, and they can be used for both hot and cold food. As a bonus, once you've finished your meal, you can actually snack on your wheat plate because they contain no chemical additives. That means you can go for a picnic and not leave a single piece of waste behind when you head home.

A Promising Discovery

The company already produces 15 million plates per year which it exports to Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, but that figure could quickly double. Biotrem aims to expand its range with plates made using barley, oats, cassava and even seaweed, as well as manufacturing other types of containers like boxes for takeaway meals. 

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Around 20% more expensive than cardboard plates, the edible plates and cutlery from Biotrem seem like an ingenious alternative to reduce plastic consumption and production and to promote products which are both practical and environmentally friendly. 

 

Article translated by: Eleanor Staniforth

By Claire Verriele, published on 12/06/2019

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