Biko is a disposable cutlery made out of paper. From cuts and creases on a special paper, the plan surface becomes a simple utensil that is used as tweezers to pick up food. Simple and intuitive. It is great for finger food and can be used on several occasions, such as a Sunday barbecue, a children’s party, an evening of cheese and wine or even at a Japanese restaurant. Developed by the designers Claudio Magalhaes and Daniel Nasajon during the exploitation of flat surfaces at NEXT/PUC-Rio (Tridimensional Experimentation Center at PUC-Rio).
Biko is 100% recyclable and non-toxic, generating less environmental impact than an ordinary disposable tableware. Compared to an Asian cutlery (chopsticks), it is a fraction of the cost and uses up to 100% less raw material, avoiding the logging of over 20 million trees annually.
After being exhibited at Rio+Design 2015, Biko got first place with the best business model in Meu Futuro Negócio (My Future Business) award, organized by Firjan (Industries Federation of Rio de Janeiro) in partnership with the business incubator, Genesis Institute. It was awarded 6 months of incubation in the Genesis Institute, considered the best business incubator in Latin America.
Since Biko is made of paper, it uses up to 100% of its surface as printable merchandising space. The business model includes sales of Biko packages with common patterns in supermarkets, sales to companies with unique custom artwork printed on the surface of ordered Bikos or even subsidizedBikos distribution by third parties.
This principle has gotten patent pending status and originated several industrial designs. If you have any interest and want to know some more, send us a message down below.