A small family-operated company in Japan is looking to combat the plastics problem in Japan through the release of edible and environmentally-friendly crockery and cutlery.

The Marushige Seika factory produces the edible packaging in a variety of flavours including sweet potato, onion, shrimp and corn.

The product has been in development for a long time now, with the plates and cups mainly being made of wheat and potato starch. In addition to the plates and cups, there is also an edible spoon on the way.

For now, the company faces the steep cost of producing its product—the edible trays cost about ten times as much as the plastic counterpart. Although the crockery and cutlery are being handmade now, there is hope that this will become automated and cheaper.