In a bid to replace non-biodegradable single-use plastics, Sheryl Mboya - a Law student from Mount Kenya University - has invented ‘Snackuit’, edible plates, and cups. Her invention caught the world's attention at the Stockholm Environment Meeting that took place between June 2 - 3 this year.
Mboya noted that the edible plates and cups are a replacement for the traditional plastic ones and are environmentally friendly.
“Snackuit is a sustainable alternative to single-use plastics. It can be eaten after the completion of a meal,” she told the conference delegates.
The law student compared the products to ice cream, gelato, and sorbet cones. The aviation industry, according to Mboya, is the largest user of single-use plastic and is her main target market.
She encourages individual consumption noting that the products are healthy, durable, and reliable, thanks to the mechanism incorporated to hold liquids.
“We were able to develop a perfect structure that one can bite into but at the same time it can be able to contain liquids,” she explained.
Mboya added that her products are made from common edible ingredients and are suitable for anyone regardless of any dietary restrictions. The product is allergen-free and uses gluten-free flour.
“We have been able to develop a product that anyone can be able to consume, regardless of your dietary restrictions and persuasions, your age, or your health status,” Mboya added.
Gluten-free flour is the main ingredient in making Mboya's edible kitchenware, an aspect of the product that caters to consumers with a gluten allergy. However, Mboya states that sugar substitutes are added to guarantee the taste.
The Snackuit team has partnered with the National carrier - Kenya Airways - to make the products and plans are underway to roll it out in the whole aviation industry in the country once complete.
Mboya’s edible kitchenware comes in different flavors to satisfy the diverse market. Her futuristic invention aims at reducing the harsh effects of climate change caused by non-biodegradable plastics.