11 Jul '12, 7pm

Forget Recycling: Are You "Eco" Enough to Eat Your Own Packaging?

Forget Recycling: Are You "Eco" Enough to Eat Your Own Packaging?

© TerraCycle This is a guest post from Tom Szaky, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of TerraCycle , which provides free waste collection, and then turns that waste into sustainable products. When I was young, an older schoolmate told me paper gum wrappers were edible. She said that if you pop the whole stick in your mouth, wrapper and all, the paper would just disappear. Later that night, I unwrapped a stick of gum and suspiciously put only the wrapper in my mouth. I waited and chewed a bit, but it didn’t dissolve. It seems my schoolmate was either mashing up the paper wrapper in the stick of gum and didn’t notice a difference or she was just messing with me. I thought of the gum wrapper when I read this article about WikiCells , a form of edible packaging developed by Harvard professor David Edwards. Unlike the flavorless, “disappearing” gum wrapper, WikiCells add fl...

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