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Edible Cellophane? That’ll cut down on packaging

Appetizing?

Appetizing?

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.

7 comments Add your comment

Jim R.

February 10th, 2010
8:16 pm

Who woulda thunk that my dog, who pioneered the practice of edible packaging, was on the cutting edge of nanotechnology?

Lisa

February 10th, 2010
8:44 pm

ah hummm, edible what? Some edible stuff has been around a long time. I remember some penny candy kinda like that. BUT will you need a special degree to open the packaging? Can you imagine an edible Big Mac box?

Jim R.

February 10th, 2010
9:26 pm

Lisa, Now ya went and done it, another lengthy diatribe forthcoming on McDonalds and ground beef, Take my advice. Eat the box, throw away the Big Mac.

East Lake Ira

February 11th, 2010
8:30 am

I think Spencers came up with this a long time ago…

LindaK

February 11th, 2010
4:50 pm

Well, the picture does it for me. I’m not eating cellophane that’s been sitting on the floor, or (from the linked article) stacked in the produce bin to be sneezed on and handled. ICK.

Ganners

February 14th, 2010
1:32 pm

Better than being able to eat it is that it will not be here in 250 years. I am so excited about the technology used in the corn made to-go containers. Sun Chips bags biodegrade in 15 weeks. I love the paper straws at Ted’s so much I started buying them for my regular use. We need to learn more and do better when it comes to food packaging. When I get pick up from Maggiano’s (I love the chopped salad for lunch & they are by my office) it makes me shake my head. Just too much plastic throw away. All the packaging in the grocery store is too much. And don’t start me on plastic bags. I won’t be eating the cellophane, but I appauld the technology.

carma59

April 3rd, 2010
12:11 pm

i am desperate to find edible wrappers for my son who has extreme pica and eats everything but glass, including mud,wood,stones,metal,plastic.Always on the hunt for alternatives,any suggestions?