You Can Now Eat Your Food Packaging Instead of Throwing It Away
You might compost regularly, recycle, and take reusable bags with you to the grocery store but even the most eco-conscious might find it difficult to properly dispose of food wrappers – unless you're "zero-waste" girl of course.
For the most part, food wrappers that encompass things such as granola bars and potato chips (made up of a mixture of materials like plastic, aluminum, and paper), either can't be recycled or are too expensive to recycle.
But Evoware, an Indonesian startup, has developed a new food packaging concept to help tackle that problem by providing an eco-solution for plastic waste. Their products are eco-friendly, biodegradable and wait for it . . . edible and healthy, too.
What's their secret? The raw material they use is seaweed. The seaweed-based food packaging – which the company claims is high in fiber, vitamins, and miners – can be wrapped around a myriad of items. Think cereal, single serving coffee complements, sugar packets, etc. You can even wrap it around a burger and eat it whole. The packaging is described by Evoware as "almost tasteless and odorless," but if you don't want to eat it, you can always compost it.
What are some of the benefits of the seaweed-based food packaging?
- It dissolves in warm water, making it a zero-waste product.
- 100% biodegradable and works as a natural fertilizer for plants.
- It has 2 years of shelf life, even without preservative.
- Halal certified, safe to eat, and produced in compliance with HACCP standards.
- Nutritious, contains high fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
- Can be customized to give a specific taste, color, and brand logo.
- Printable and heat sealable.
Evoware co-founder David Christian told Reuters he developed the packaging to fight this mounting global issue.
"I saw how much plastic waste is produced here, which takes hundreds or thousands of years to degrade and contaminates everything," he said. "We can maintain many hectares of seashore cleanliness, reducing tons of plastic waste, decreasing farmers' bad credit, increasing farmers' income and prosperity of farmer families."
Watch this video to learn more about their process and eco-friendly food packaging: