Spoontainable founders Amelie Vermeer and Julia Piechotta transform single-use products into sustainable alternatives. Image source: Spoontainable
The past months have hit especially small businesses hard, which makes the news about our alumni startup Spoontainable’s recent financing even more exciting. The startup recently announced receiving six-figure funding to expand their plastic-free takeaway cutlery product line.
According to the European Commission, more than 80% of marine litter is plastics. Every year over 300 million tons of plastic is produced, 50% of which is for single-use purposes. Germany alone produces three million tons of plastic packaging waste annually. The urge to reduce the endless mountains of plastic waste brought the founders of Spoontainable together. The Heidelberg-based startup develops plastic alternatives out of residues from the food industry. Their flagship product “Spoonie”, an edible spoon, has been on the market since 2019 and replaced more than a million plastic ice-cream spoons already. Their products allow people to sustain the comfort of single-use consumption but not at the expense of the environment.
Spoontainable’s flagship product “Spoonie” has already replaced more than a million plastic ice-cream spoons. Image source: Spoontainable
Despite this year’s weak economic market development in almost all industries, the founders Amelie Vermeer and Julia Piechotta are optimistic about the future. The founders shared in a backnetz’s article that they believe dealing with the virus has increased people’s awareness of the environment, nature, and health. The startup’s ambitions go beyond just replacing the plastic spoons – with the financing from their most recent investors, v. Wedel GmbH and FEP Frankfurt EquityPartner GmbH, the company is planning to expand their sustainable product portfolio and prepare for the upcoming single-use plastic ban. Starting next year, the EU will take ambitious measures to tackle marine plastic litter. The new law is banning single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, and cotton swabs.
In their recent press release, Spoontainable shares they are launching further products for takeaway consumption already in spring 2021. The startup continues to keep their focus on the upcycling of residual materials to drive for a more sustainable economy. Read more about Spoontainable and their products on their website.