Pharrell Williams’ creative collective I Am Other is upcycling CDs and food packaging into a reusable cutlery kit in partnership with the circular design and technology company Pentatonic.
The partners formed Otherware to produce the compact dining toolkit called Pebble. Each pebble-shaped cutlery kit contains a knife, fork, spoon, chopsticks, and a straw. A flexible clip and lanyard allow the kit to go on a belt loop or bag.
“The case is ‘made from music’ from recycled CDs, handles from recycled food packaging, and the tips are anodized titanium coated steel to give the unique colored tool heads,” the partners said.
Each dishwasher-safe Pebble costs $59 and contains 28 grams of polypropylene, 41 grams of steel, 77 grams of polycarbonate, and 10 grams of polyester, the Otherware website says.
In addition to being manufactured from recycled materials, the Pebble itself is recyclable, according to Pentatonic and musician, producer, designer, and entrepreneur Williams. They advise consumers to disassemble the product and either put it in their curbside recycling or participate in the Gimme material deposit program for end-of-life products that returns the Pebble to Pentatonic in exchange for $6.
The partners say that they established Otherware and made Pebble in response to the increasing environmental threats caused by single-use plastic. Their reusable dining kit arrives at a time when some of the governmental limits on single-use plastic that were paused or delayed by the pandemic are being reinstated.
Covid-19 also continues to wreak havoc with the restaurant industry. A number of corporate plans to transition to reusable packaging were disrupted. As Wallpaper’s Elly Parsons noted recently, many people started using disposable cutlery and food containers again, and advice on how to eat out safely has shifted. Otherware appears to be banking on reaching consumers who are looking for a sanitary, sustainable way to dine outside of the home.