How to keep landfills from piling high with discarded food packaging? Eat it.
The Atlantic Food Channel has a fascinating story about new developments in nanotechnology that is making possible the development of thin, perfectly edible starch-based sheets that can wrap food.
Of course, this has its own set of complications:
“The most promising answer to this problem is one that’s sure to provoke a range of reactions: edible packaging. This idea has been around since the 1960s, but only recently have companies begun testing the commercial waters. The gist of edible packaging is to wrap food—in most cases, produce—in a starch-based film that can be eaten, which helps food last longer while obviating bulky packaging. The potential downside, however, is that this opens the industrial food system to what many see as the dubious promise of nanotechnology.”
You can read the story here.