Foldable Eating Utensil Spork
Small in the Lid, Large in the Hand
Conventional disposable eating utensils provided in the plastic cup with takeaway meals often have very short handles, making them difficult to hold or causing resulting in involuntary contact between fingers and food. With its “spork,” Pöppelmann GmbH & Co. KG, Lohne, Germany, has developed an eating utensil that fits in a standard 95-mm-diameter round lid, and, at 130 mm long, is still convenient to handle. This is made possible by the foldable design of the plastic utensil. When it is removed from the lid, the two spread halves of the handle are pressed together until they lock – the fork and spoon are now ready to use. The utensil is characterized by high stability in all directions, and is also long enough to reach the bottom of the cup without messing your hands.
Since the utensil is captive and hygienically integrated in the cup lid, there are none of the complicated fastenings and packaging that would be needed for a utensil provided externally. The lid and utensil are pre-assembled at Pöppelmann Famac, so there are no additional overheads for filling. The intuitive principle can be easily applied to other sorts of eating utensils, such as knives, cake forks or ice-cream spoons, and can be universally used for many to-go products.”
Pöppelmann GmbH & Co. KG Kunststoffwerk-Werkzeugbau
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