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Reusable and biodegradable cutlery made from cane

This is a great triple impact start-up, that designs and produces cutlery made out of a cane growing in the Province of San Juan in Argentina. The kit has a fork, a spoon and a knife. They are easy to wash and reusable, but at the end of their life it's an organic material so it's 100% compostable / biodegradable.

They are light weight and very compact so can be included in everyone's bagpack / handbag.

The material which they are made from it's a endemic cane that grows quite out of control in the region, so using that as a raw material helps to balance the ecosystem. 

The project also employs local aboriginal people under the values of fair trade.

Though I'm not using them myself as I already have a set of sporks that I carry with me, I would definitely use them!

It's called "Ciclo sin fin - eco-cutlery". 

https://www.facebook.com/pg/ecoutensilios/posts/

My idea would be to add a "product as a service" circular strategy to this product:

I'd love them to be a commodity in food trucks and festivals. Organizers should lend the reusable-disposable-compostable cutlery to the public with a deposit, and at the end of the event, the person can return their cutlery and get back their deposit. In case he/she prefers to take with them (paying the price) and not to return the deposit, it's ok. If they don't care at all and throw them to the trash, won't be that bad… 

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How can this be improved?
Idoia Letona Castrillo
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  • This is a very good iniciative with a huge positive impact on the environment. I like the point of introducing it as a service, and I guess that the company could also create other items, right? reusable cups, straws... I suppose that it works in a small scale in Argentina because it helps to develop local economy and the issue with the plant. But expanding it all over the world may be a complicated due to its characteristics.
    So in order to expand it world wide similar small and local projects would be perfect, attending to each places characteristics (type of vegetation that can be used, economy...). Plus the product will still be proximity product, with small environmental impact coming from transport and huge economic, environmental and social gains.

    How can this be improved?
    Claude Dewerse
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  • They look great. Good to see the multiple benefits. I like your product as a service idea too.
    Exporting these too far from Argentina would destroy the CO2 benefits I think... How could other countries follow this example?