The way many of us consume food has changed dramatically in recent years, with family meals around a table less common than they once were. The Ripple is a response to this evolution in eating trends, combining a bowl and a plate, and adding a handle for good measure.

When you're sat at a table enjoying a formal dinner, your bowl and plate work fine as separate items. Move away from the table to watch TV on the sofa, grab your chip and dip or soup and bread selections from a picnic hamper, or stand around chatting with friends at a barbecue, and that combination can prove difficult to hold and use at the same time. This is where the Ripple comes into its own.

Co-created by Kevin Scharfe and Karl Schwartz, the product comes in two parts – a bowl with a handle, and a plate. Both are made from high-quality, microwave- and dishwasher-safe BPA-free plastic, and can be used independently of each other or slotted together to form a useful whole. In this combined form, one hand is freed up for eating, meaning you don't need a solid surface to rest your food on.

The Ripple has launched on Kickstarter, with an early bird pledge of US$20 securing a plate/bowl combo in the color of your choice. The team has set a target of $20,000, which will pay for the machine tooling required to bring this product to market. The campaign runs until May 24.

Sources: The Ripple, Kickstarter