OTHERWARE – a collaboration between Pharrell Williams’ creative collective, i am OTHER, and circular design studio Pentatonic – has launched a portable dining kit made from recycled materials.
The Pebble, the first ever product from OTHERWARE, is a compact dining toolkit including a fork, knife, spoon, straw and chopsticks, which easily folds away into a compact egg or pebble that fits into a purse, backpack or briefcase for reuse, eliminating waste.
The dishwasher safe Pebble is made entirely from recycled materials – the case made from from recycled CDs, handles from recycled food packaging and the tips are anodised titanium coated steel, to give the unique coloured tool heads.
Pentatonic estimates that 10 billion CDs and DVDs have been disposed of in the USA alone since people have switched to streaming services, so everyone involved felt it was an excellent source of sustainable product.
Each Pebble, which is designed in pastel colours, comes with a custom clip to hang your Pebble from a belt loop or strap.
Pentatonic, who specialise in products designed for the circular economy, created The Pebble as an alternative to single-use plastic cutlery. The studio said the Pebble was originally being looked at for festival goers but since the pandemic, which has seen a surge in single-use plastics, it has only made the Pebble more relevant.
The product has been designed to encourage people away from reverting back to bad habits and using single-use plastic cutlery.
To reduce the risk of transmission, many businesses have temporarily stopped using reusable cups and cutlery. Governments have also urged people to bring their own utensils when eating outdoors with people outside their households.
Once The Pebble has reached the end of its life, it can be disassembled and sent to local recycling, or it can be traded-back to Pentatonic so they can make new things.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living.