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Edible Food Wrappers And Beverage Bottles!
I am so excited! There is a company that says by late 2014 or sometime in 2015, they will be ready to market edible food wrappers and containers! I know every day a scientist develops something new, but this is the best news I have heard in a long time.
Anyone who has ever struggled with opening a stubborn package of a food product will wish this company succeeds in their efforts.
Food packaging is one of my biggest pet peeves and something that causes me stress. If I was starving to death and someone gave me a package of saltine crackers, I wouldn’t be able to get it open if I didn’t have my kitchen shears handy (or a strong man.)
I've often thought if manufacturers didn't spend so much extra money in these wrappings, maybe the cost of the food itself could be lower. When I open a tea bag I'm reminded of this. Is it really necessary to place the tea bag inside a paper envelope?
With this new technology, the whole tea bag would go into the hot water and dissolve.
A Packet Of Dishwashing Detergent That Will Dissolve
On the market now! Pack of premeasured laundry detergent. You just throw one of these into the washing machine before the clothes are tossed in. These packs contain super concentrated liquid detergent they claim will not only clean your clothes, but will even remove stains. These packs completely dissolve in the washing machine!
This Company Is Developing This Concept Of Edible Food Wrappers And Containers
There is a company called MonoSol that is working on a method of creating food wrappers and containers that are edible and they claim they are very flavorful! This company has been in business since 1953 making water soluble products. Those little packets of dish washing detergent that you can toss in the dishwasher are one of their inventions. They have developed a packet of detergent for the washing machine that simply dissolves in the wash water.
MonoSol is trying to reduce the 70 million tons of packaging waste that is building up in our landfills each year. I think we have to use our imagination to understand what this concept really is: The idea is to create food wrappers and containers that are edible, soluble and flavorful. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could drink from a cup, and then eat the cup? The cup could even be flavored with lemon or lime. We could drop a packet of cocoa into hot water and its plastic-like casing would just dissolve. It may not be long before we start to see wrapping like this for instant coffee, oatmeal, pasta and many more products.. The smart guys at MonoSol are working hard to bring this technology into stores very soon. I see unlimited potential here in the food industry.
Fruit Has Its Own Edible Protection
If you think about it, some fruit has its own natural protective casing: grapes and apples for instance. The way MonoSol intends to make this casing for food is to simply combine small particles of dried fruit, chocolate shavings, or other edibles, and hold it all together by electrostatic force. To understand this concept better, think of the covering drug companies use to cover pills. We swallow those, don’t we? The molecules used in the casings are strong enough to serve as food packaging until water breaks them up and it disappears. This whole concept is mind boggling to me.
Food Packaged In Edible Packets
Food packaging contributes to a lot of the waste in our homes, and it's something most of us just accept. Plastic wrappers for cereal, energy bars, deli meats, and instant coffee all find themselves in the garbage at a rate as high as our consumption. The new packaging technology — composed of FDA-approved edible polymers that have an undetectable taste and smell — is ideal for items we dissolve in water anyway like:
• Warm breakfast meals
• Instant coffees and teas
• Drink sticks
• Sauces & Soups
• Pastas & Rice
• Proteins and other workout supplements
One drawback to this concept that I personally can see is that of personal hygiene: Products in ready-made packaging will go through many hands - literally - before they reach the consumer, and despite the companies' assurances of their products' safety, I’m just not sure consumers would be willing to nibble on something whose hygiene can so clearly be compromised. I, for one, am particular about who has been handling my food. Wouldn’t it defeat the whole purpose if the edible food had to be wrapped in plastic to protect it from contamination? I have faith that they will solve that problem.
Marketing and recycling experts agree that there is room for experimentation in this field, which shows great potential in terms of urban waste management.
I am going to follow the progress of this technology very closely. I truly hope the concept takes off and will be accepted and welcomed by consumers.
I hope this company will hurry and get these products into stores soon. I can save a lot of fingernails when that happens!
Edible Containers For Drinks
Containers for drinks could soon be available in a edible form. This concept would be a useful alternative to take-away containers, lunch boxes, and drink bottles, while reducing the environmental concerns associated with plastic production and recycling.
The base ingredients of this revolutionary packaging system consists of a natural food membrane that is held together by electrostatic forces. Forming a biodegradable shell that can be used as a portable container, the membrane is also is safe to consume. These membranes are significantly resistant to water, and can take the form of a bottle or any other liquid container.
Researchers have created an orange-flavored membrane for storing orange juice, a tomato-flavored container for serving sized ketchup and a grape flavored package for wine. A prototype should be developed in the near future.
I think this is very exciting. Imagine not having to recycle plastic drink bottles. Americans use 22 billion bottles a year, only 17% of those bottles are recycled.
These Plastic Bottles May Be Replaced By Edible Bottles
If this technology is successful it would reduce plastic in our oceans.
Plastic Littering A Beach
This is candy with an edible wrapper!