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Farnham firm to sell biodegradable cutlery made from avocado seeds


Published by Josh Kerr at 8:00am 16th March 2019.

A company based in Farnham is to become the first in the UK to sell disposable cutlery and straws made from avocado seeds.

The fully biodegradable products could act as a replacement for single use plastics, with users able to bin them without having to worry about the impact they will have on the environment.

Originally invented in Mexico, which produces more than half of all the world's avocados, they are made from seeds and other organic compounds that would have otherwise been thrown away by companies producing products like guacamole.

Despite looking almost identical to the plastic alternative, which will live in landfill forever, 60 per cent of each item will have broken down within 240 days and the rest will have fully biodegraded into the soil within a year.

Cutlery Comparison
The biodegradable avocado seed cutlery (left) alongside its plastic counterpart (right).

The team behind bringing the product, Biofase, to the UK are local mums Clare Calow and Sandra Johnson, who started company 4eco.

Clare said:

"In Mexico they use loads and loads of stones for the guacamole and we're taking the waste that's normally chucked away and using it so it's a sustainable product.

“The other great thing about our product is that if it goes into the ocean it will also biodegrade.

“There’s been huge awareness about the oceans and all the plastic in the ocean as well, if our product ends up in the ocean for some reason it will biodegrade by itself.”

Sandra added:

“They see it and think it's plastic when in fact it isn’t, so this is why we are trying to make people aware of where it comes from because then that way they feel happy to use it without feeling guilty.”

Biodegradable Straw
The biodegradable straws don't disintegrate like paper ones.
Biodegradable Cutlery

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