Summer business: dishes, from disposable to edible
Since its inception in the 1950s, global plastic production has increased widely. According to National Geographic, in 1950, its production was equivalent to 2.3 million tons. In 2015, it was dangerously close to 500,000 million (1). Around the world, the main source of waste is plastic. Bags, bottles, food packaging… conquer the ocean more and more today. Marine living things suffer the consequences of an industry that forgets that all production is not responsible. Fortunately, some companies are trying to reverse the trend. It is thanks to them that we can now eat in edible dishes and not disposable. There is still a lot of progress to be made, but a transformation of the way food is consumed is underway.
The impact of human activity on wildlife
Plastic, the primary responsibility for waste production
That’s 500 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the oceans today. Disposable and inedible dishes, cotton swabs, straws, cups… so many everyday products that degrade the flora and fauna a little more every day.
Fish, birds but also monkeys and terrestrial mammals now eat plastic. Disposable dishes, for example, do not stop at borders. A river will pour it into a sea and then it will reach the ocean and finally land on a new continent. However, plastic products should not conquer the world. They have to disappear.
In addition, these plastic products generally have a unique use. That is the problem; disposable products after a single use. That is why we are witnessing an increasingly striking questioning on the part of men. There is a real desire to improve the composition of everyday products. A real mobilization is also observed.
The mobilization of men for a massive reduction in waste
Many startups are now embarking on the processing of plastic products. There are more recyclables every day. New innovations in this direction are born on a daily basis.
Governments in some countries are also taking responsibility. For example, France has set a target of “increasing the recycling rate of non-hazardous non-mineral waste to 55% in 2020 and 65% in 2025” according to INSEE (2).
To reduce its waste production, the French state has put many programmes right. It includes “simplifying and harmonizing waste sorting rules throughout the country,” “accelerating the collection of recyclable packaging, plastic bottles and cans” and “promoting eco-design in business practices,” according to the Government’s website (3).
Taking the example of the French government in particular, some companies are challenging themselves to revolutionize plastic products.
Towards an evolution of alternative products with edible dishes
Straws, the first flagship products of the edible market
Among the flagship alternative plastic products in the dishwashing category are edible straws.
The edible straw attracts the consumer by its novelty. It’s intriguing. Eating a straw? What a funny idea! They are available for sale in various different perfumes. Fruit flavour, chocolate or rather ginger, there is something for everyone.
In addition to attracting consumer curiosity, this straw is eco-responsible. It gradually replaces the use of plastic straws. It therefore reduces waste production and does not pollute.
These edible dishware are the first to attract consumers’ attention to the market. “Innovation food” as it is called, is a new business. Launched by these edible straws, it continues to explore other alternatives to edible products.
Edible dishes expand their business
In the “FoodTech” range, the Nantes-based startup Switch Eat is dedicated to the innovation of edible dishes. Committed, these types of companies help to improve our energy and environmental impact on the world.
Switch Eat defines itself as the edible, fun and environmentally friendly alternative to plastic-based objects and products. To hope one day to live in a waste-free world, this startup offers a wide range of edible dishes.
Compostable or edible bowls, straws, spoons, plates, everything goes; to the trays. Indeed, trays are objects used to recover a fast food for example. The latter therefore have a very general single use. That’s why it’s important to offer them an alternative.
Restaurant and event professionals, in particular, have a strong incentive to switch to this consumption model. Having already had experience with these trades, Switch Eat therefore provides quality products that can cater to food professionals.
Indeed, most of their products are designed to withstand heat. It is therefore possible to reheat your dish in edible dishes, in an oven or in a microwave.
Originally from Bordeaux, it was Kovee who launched this vision of edible cutlery. This startup is considered to be the precursor to changing the catering habits of the French. So many biting and compostable innovations that gradually reduce and revolutionize the consumption of plastic by the French.
The new business of the summer is launched: that of edible dishes. Disposable dishes are responsible for millions of plastic wastes littering our oceans. The flora and fauna pay the price every day. An alarm bell was then raised. The latter calls on the governments of different countries to change the way they produce and consume plastic. In order to reduce waste production and the energy impact of human activity, many startups are born to propose alternatives. It is the opening of a revolutionary new sector that opens up there within the market. Here is the very proof that industries want to live in economic peace, but also more and more ecological. Men listen more to the needs of the planet and try to rectify their mistakes of the past.
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