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Edible Food packaging, eat the packaging along with the contents !!
 
 
A tub of ice cream or a cup of your favorite flavoured yoghurt is so tasty that we spend several minutes scraping out the inside and then, if nobody’s looking, lick the lid.
Wouldn’t it be even better if we could simply eat the lot, container and all?
It would cut down on the amount of waste we produce and the enjoyment of our food would last that little bit longer.
This is exactly what a team of scientists say they have managed to do.
Good for you and the Environment
They say the invention of edible food packaging will transform how we eat and cut down the amount of plastic we throw away.
How is it that the water inside coconut fresh and tasty even after many days? How is the peel around the fruits keeping the inside content fresh and protective? We cut the fruits and sometimes eat it like that or peel them and eat, and it is really a no harm to the evironment even if we throw away that peel. Edwards wanted to bring up the same technology and strived hard to make it come true. Those are the Wikicells.
The packaging, created by researchers in France led by Dr David Edwards, is called WikiCells. It’s designed to imitate how fruit and vegetables are ‘packaged’ in nature with a protective outer layer or skin you can eat.
Ok, what are these WikiCells???
WikiCells are deliciously edible forms of packaging that enclose food or drinks in ways similar to how nature protects a coconut or an orange. Imagine juice, yogurt, ice cream, fruit – a nearly endless variety of foods and drinks – wrapped in delicious natural edible packaging.
This ice-cream has an edible coating that you can munch through. Hold it in your hand. Eat it like an apple. Poke it with a straw. Drink it like a shake. Each Wiki Ice Cream is served in an all bagasse container, made from sugar cane. No wrappers. No plastic. No artificial anything. Just all natural everything. Wiki Ice Cream is their first commercial product.
Gaspachio soup in a biodegradable casing that can be eaten, or thrown away. WikiCells package nutrition as nature does, with all natural materials that deliver nutritional value. It’s the start of an enjoyable new movement toward eliminating plastic and paper in packaging.
To preserve and store fruit juices, the material separated from oranges is being used as an outer layer. Water bottles are also made of a special kind of recycling glass material.
The idea was to use the model of how nature wraps foods,’ said Dr Edwards, a professor from Harvard. ‘It is a completely new way of packaging and eating.’ He has developed a range of yoghurt pots, juice cartons, water bottles and ice cream containers that mimic natural packaging by enclosing food and liquid in an edible membrane.
"Our perspective is that eventually, the packaging of tomorrow will be the fruit of today," says Edwards.
 
 
 
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