Disposable plates and cutlery create a crazy amount of waste, considering they’re not biodegradable and you can’t do much with them after except throw them away. But what if you could go ahead and eat a plate once you’re done using it, thus creating no waste?
Well, you can eat these plates because they’re made entirely out of wheat bran; an edible, organic material usually used in animal feed of compost.
The plates decompose 100% in just 30 days and they’re more eco-friendly than your typical disposable plate. As a comparison, paper take 20 years to decompose and foam takes more than a million years. What’s more, making 2.2 pounds of foam produces more than 18 pounds of Co2.
The wheat bran plates are made by the Polish company Bioterm. You can use them in the oven of microwave and they’re completely safe to eat off of (and actually eat). Those who have tried it said it tastes like very dry bran flakes. It’s the texture of cork, so it’s harder to eat and 1 ton of wheat bran can be made into 10,000 plates.
Bioterm makes 15 million biodegradable plates and bowls a year, and, even though you can eat their products, they recommend you dispose of them through composting.