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Packaging the Future: Edible Wrappers, Containers and Bags (Yum?)

by , 12/05/12

edible wrappers, sustainable packaging, biodegradable packaging, packaging the future, sustainable design, green design, sustainable food, green food packaging, sustainable food packaging, healthy food, sustainable produce, eco design, edible packaging, edible container, molecular gastronomy, spherificationMolecular gastronomy photo from Shutterstock

What are the applications for such a material? According to the Guardian, “So far, Dr Edwards and his team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have created a tomato membrane containing gazpacho soup, an orange membrane filled with orange juice that can be sipped through a straw, a grape-like membrane holding wine and a chocolate membrane containing hot chocolate.”

Of course, more than a few people have pointed out some of the problems inherent to edible packaging; namely that the point of packaging is to keep germs and grime off food. If the packaging itself is handled by all sorts of people and subject to the dust and dirt of storage, nobody is going to want to ingest that. But what about all the packaging that’s inside other packaging? (Think gum wrappers, individual servings of chips and snacks that come inside a larger bag, cereal, which is usually packaged inside a box, or beverage containers that are often wrapped in a thin layer of plastic—the list goes on once you really start to think about it).

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4 Comments

  1. Elsa Pike August 13, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    David Gray took the words right out of my mouth…

  2. David Gray August 13, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Isn’t the point of packaging to protect the product? What protects the wrapper?

    Don’t get me wrong–these look delicious, but they’d only get filthy, ergo inedible.

  3. jjbirchler December 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    This sounds really awesome! However, can we get an article with more than 2 paragraphs before you have to click to get to the next page?????

  4. may12345 December 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    These are good ways to avoid additional wastes! We all should help lessen things that affects the climate. I found a website, http://www.motleygreen.com that helps me keep track of my environmental acts and gives me a list of all the activities that will help the environment. You can share stories there too.

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