According to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s statistics, 1.3 billion tons of food, equivalent to around 1/3 of the food produced is wasted each year on a global scale.
Also, packaging waste totaled upwards of 75 million tons in 2010 just in the U.S., as stated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Not even half of that amount was reportedly recycled.
Food waste occurs on an individual basis, but also happens during food production. What it takes to get food ready to sell just in the wrapping alone uses a lot of resources.
Product packaging can be wasteful…and frustrating. If you have ever needed to cut, pry apart or perform plastic surgery on retail merchandise just to get it out of the package, then you know what I mean.
Grocery store items can be just as excessively packaged. When fresh produce is vacuum sealed in plastic-y wraps or waxed to the max, it makes you wonder if more can be done to reduce waste in the food industry, and also about the effects of foods being stored for extended periods in plastic or other types of wraps. Of course, food has to be covered for sanitary reasons. Who wants to buy something everyone has handled, right? Well, that is exactly what happens with anything from the store, fresh produce, packaged or canned – it has all been touched numerous times before we even glance at it on the shelf.
One neat invention that aims to tackle this problem in the manufacturing and deliverance stages is an innovative packaging concept. David Edwards came up with an idea called WikiPearl that would enable packaging to be able to hold and carry water much like the way our biological cells do. After exploring the design, and with the help of François Azambourg and a team of other masterminds, enter the new food world of WikiCell. With the goal of reducing food packaging and waste, it is a creative culinary venture and tantalizing new direction in storing and serving food.
What WikiCells are, is actually more about what they are not. It is a different way to package food without really putting it in a package at all, or at least in a conventional package.
This physics-meets-foodie technology takes wrappers to a whole new level with nature inspired cell-like holding capabilities that are much like the way fruits hold their inner flesh. Juice, fruits, cheeses, yogurts and other foods can be put in the wrapping, which consists of a skin-like substance.
Wikipearl Ice Cream
Made of natural materials like fruits or nuts, this type of covering can hold a variety of foods in its completely edible and compostable casing. Even things like ice cream can be held inside the container. This unique way to contain food is entertaining while also reducing or eliminating unnecessary food packaging.
Food is ever a source of artful expression, and with creations that enable packaging to be just as inspiring is something eco-conscious taste buds everywhere can appreciate.
All images are via WikiPearl.
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