What if you could eat your packaging instead of throwing it in the landfill? WikiPearls let you do just that, and they are healthy and flavorful too. Developed by Harvard professor David Edwards, designer Francois Azambourg and biologist Don Ingber, the bite-sized morsels are coated in edible 'WikiCell' packaging, which is perfectly safe to ingest. Now that a yogurt version is available at Whole Foods, don't be surprised to find WikiPearls popping up in all sorts of other meals, from breakfast to dessert, cutting down on landfill waste and delivering something delicious at the same time.
The protective coating of each WikiPearl was inspired by nature’s natural packaging– think the tough skin of grapes, coconut shells, or banana peels. These natural packages keep the yummy inner contents safe from contaminants, and keeps water (juice) in. Using this principal, WikiPearls are coated with a skin of “protective electrostatic gel” which keeps everything inside, but is also edible.
The outer skins don’t just have function, they are also flavorful. The exteriors can be made from flavors like coffee, beetroot, chocolate, waffle, sesame or garlic. And they can be made in any size, from tiny bites to more substantial gobs. The inside can go from savory to sweet to even green, with cheese, yogurt, ice cream, vegetables, soups and even boozy cocktail bites. Unflavored WikiPearls could be filled with water as an alternative to carrying around plastic water bottles.
Aside from food packaging, WikiPearls also eliminate extra waste, such as plastic spoons for yogurt, or the need to wash dishes. Each pearl is portion controlled, so no need for cutlery or knives.
WikiPearl is already a reality- yogurt is already filling up shelves, a WikiPearl ice cream lab has popped up in Paris, and another will arrive in Boston soon as well.