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An alternative to 360 million plastic ice cream spoons per year in Germany alone | Spoontainable

Julia Piechotta and Amelie Vermeer from Spoontainable explain in this podcast episode why the “Spoonie” is a real alternative to plastic ice cream spoons.

Summer is just around the corner and the rush at the ice cream parlors is growing steadily now, after the Corona Lockdown. According to statistics from 2018, every German citizen consumed an average of more than eight liters of ice cream per year. A large part of this is accounted for by the around 5,500 ice cream parlors in our country. No wonder that they need over 360 million ice cream spoons per season. Today these are mostly made of plastic and cause a considerable amount of waste.

Under the motto "Don't waste it - taste it", Julia Piechotta and Amelie Vermeer founded the start-up Spoontainable and developed a real alternative to conventional plastic ice cream spoons. Fibers from cocoa or oats are used as the material for the spoon, known as the “Spoonie”. As soon as the ice cream is consumed, the spoon can also be eaten.

In an interview, the two tell how the founders came up with the idea, what their greatest challenges have been along the way and how they managed to sell almost a million ice cream spoons in their first year of sales.

All topics of the podcast with Julia and Amelie at a glance

  • Who are Julia Piechotta and Amelie Vermeer and what is their background (01:30)
  • This is how Spoontainable came about and this is what the founders' first steps looked like (02:15)
  • That's why the two decided to start with the ice cream spoon as their first product (06:15)
  • That is why the Spoonie is the better alternative to plastic compared to other products that are made of wood, for example (07:00)
  • What is the current status of the patent application for the Spoonie (10:00)
  • How do you apply for a patent as a start-up? (11:00)
  • This is how the collaboration with the producer Coppenrath Feingebäck came about. (11:49)
  • How did Julia and Amelie manage to finance the first batch of 500,000 spoons? (14:45)
  • The two founders managed to sell almost a million spoons in the first year. (17:00)
  • How does Spoontainable affect the planned EU law to ban plastic cutlery? (20:55)
  • The founders are trying to scale the product and bring it to market. (23:50)
  • Which factors play a role for Amelie and Julia in evaluating the sustainability of Spoontainable? (28:00)
  • In which countries can the Spoonie be bought today? (29:50)
  • This is how the collaboration with Aldi came about (31:50)
  • What has been the biggest challenge since it was founded? (35:30)
  • "Hot Seat" session with Julia Piechotta (38:20)

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