A company has developed a novel way to help reduce the amount of food packaging we throw away by making it edible.
There are a number of issues troubling not only humankind around the world right now, but also the animal kingdom. When it comes to issues that affect both of those spheres, the one at the tippy top of the list has to be the amount of plastic we are discarding. The ocean's creatures have obviously got nothing to do with it, yet they are the ones being affected by it most.
According to Time, around eight million tonnes of used up plastic is ending up in our oceans every single year. That is obviously doing a fair bit of damage to marine life. There are a number of ways researchers and companies are coming up with to reduce that massive figure, but Evoware may have developed the most innovative idea to date.
Evoware has come up with a type of food packaging that you can actually eat, and you can check it out in all of its glory below courtesy of Mashable. The plastic replacement is made of seaweed, and Evoware is using it for three different things. Since it dissolves in hot water, it can be used to package coffee. That also means it can be used as a seasoning for things like noodles. Last but not least, the most fascinating of all, as a burger wrapper.
Save the world one edible wrapper at a time pic.twitter.com/PUrj0WfRdZ— Mashable (@mashable) October 3, 2018
If you have ever had a burger from a fast food joint then you'll be familiar with these wrappers. Well, now the race is on to see which restaurant makes their wrappers edible as thanks to Evoware, that option is there. According to Evoware's website, the seaweed packaging is pretty much odorless and tasteless, plus it has a shelf life of two years, even without preservatives.
The advantages of adopting Evoware's style of packaging doesn't stop there either. Not only does seaweed absorb greenhouse gases as it grows, but it also doesn't need any fertilizer like most other crops. It really is win-win-win when it comes to seaweed packaging. If you can get over the fact that you're eating the wrapper around your burger, then what's not to love?