Biotrem, a Poland-based business, has innovated tableware made of wheat bran as a solution to the proliferation of heavy usage of plastics and resulting pollution. Masterminded by the wheat farmer and miller Mr. Jerzy Wysocki, Biotrem’s main production plant in Zambrow produces around 15 million wheat bran plates and bowls every year.
Since its first production, plastics have assembled a vast customer community all over the world. More than one million bags are produced every minute to serve an average life of just 15 minutes. Though their use is limited for a few minutes, their life span extends to a couple of centuries. That is why biodegradables, generally made of plant parts, are currently exploring new growth opportunities.
In comparison to the production of plastics and paper, Biotrem’s production process is quite simple and environment-friendly. It does not require weighty amounts of water, mineral resources, or chemical compounds.
The only raw materials needed are wheat bran and a little amount of water. The rest of the magic is done by controlled high pressure and temperature. Up to 10, 000 units of plates and bowls can be produced from 1 ton of wheat bran and they decompose within 30 days through composting.
This multifaceted tableware is suitable for any solid or liquid, hot or cold food.
“Our products are robust and stable – you can comfortably and safely use them at home, on a picnic, in the bar, during the open-air even, or in the restaurant. Since our plates and bowls are made from clean edible wheat bran, you could safely give them a bite,” reads a statement on their website.
In addition to plates and bowls, they also produce disposable cutlery by combining wheat bran and biodegradable PLA bio-plastic. Their dimension-wise widely varied tableware is available in 20 European countries, the USA, Chile, South Korea, Argentina, Canada, Lebanon, and Australia.