08 Mar '12, 5pm

Delicious, edible food packaging could curb plastic waste

Delicious, edible food packaging could curb plastic waste

If you want to know why the earth and waterways are quickly morphing into giant garbage heaps , look no further than your pudding cup. Desserts, sodas, yogurts, and every other processed treat that comes tucked inside a plastic container are creating a slew of plastic pollution. But Harvard scientist David Edwards has an innovative — and tasty! — solution: Make packaging as delicious as the goods held inside. EPA statistics [PDF] show that containers and food packaging constitute 32 percent of U.S. household waste, a figure that can accurately be described as “whopping.” But Edwards’ WikiCells , which he hopes to start releasing in May, replace all that needless plastic cruft with delicious edible coatings. “The notion [of Wikicells] is that you are englobing liquid, foam, or something else in a soft membrane held together by food particles that are being connected by elec...

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