Edible Containers: Reducing Packaging Waste In Australia 🍦
Edible Containers 🍦: Did you know that Australians, on average, throw away about 1.9 billion tonnes of waste each year?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock all your life, you would know that plastic pesters our land and our sea. In addition, you should also know that plastics are hard to get rid of. They only decompose after centuries! (we think).
You read that right… Centuries!
Do we even have a solution or remedy for this lingering plastic problem on Earth?
Answer: Of course there is! As long as we have environmentally concerned people out there, we will always have a solution. With that said, have you ever heard about the edible container trend today? I am sure you already have. No, not the cone you eat after finishing the soft ice cream on top. We mean edible food containers that you would not know at first glance that they are, well, edible! After all, it made its round on the internet a few years back. What’s it all about?
Let Mr Waster clarify it for you.
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Edible containers: eat your food and packaging together
Companies, time and time again, have pledged their support on fighting off the plastic waste that harms the environment. In particular, companies both invented and spearheaded projects that reduce the havoc plastic wreaks on Earth.
But what I’m going to talk about today is edible plastic containers. Come to think of it, none of this is new at all. As mentioned above, the concept is kind of like ice cream cones. Invented in the 1900s, it may be the inspiration of companies to implement edible packaging for other assortments of food and drinks. Presently, a number of innovative ideas about edible packaging exist.
While you’re at it, why don’t you read our blog about burning plastic waste? I promise it will be a good read.
Packaging of the future
Here, Mr Waster presents to you a few edible container innovations.
1. Do eat
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In Belgium, two students named Hélène Hoyois and Thibaut Gilquin invented a wide range of food presentation/packaging which was named Do Eat.
Formally established in 2013, Do Eat offers a wide variety of products such as verrines and food packages, all of which are made out of potato starch and water.
2. Better Burger
New Zealand native and Better Burger owner Rod Ballenden noticed that his customers frequently disposed of their bought sandwich wrappers on the streets.
With this in mind, he switched to a more environmentally friendly way by changing their wrappers into 100 per cent compostable ones.
He took his changes one step further on Earth Day 2018 by wrapping all their burgers in extremely thin and edible wafer paper containers. Through Ballenden’s improvisations, he put himself in the spotlight aiming for a low-waste future.
3. Saltwater Brewery Beer ring holders
Did you know that six-pack ring holders are one of the worst enemies of the sea? Many photos spread around the internet showing turtles and fishes being ensnared and tangled with them.
To counter this, the brewing company Saltwater Brewery devised a plan: to turn the ring holders edible.
Made from wheat and barley, the six-pack ring holders can be eaten by animals instead of getting tangled by them. Head of Brand at Saltwater Brewery Peter Agardy said, “It’s a big investment for a small brewery created by fishermen, surfers and people that love the sea”.
“We make packaging disappear.”
This is the slogan of Skipping Rocks Lab, a London-based company that develops 100 per cent biodegradable, natural, and edible liquid containers called Ooho.
Their breakthrough product involves using seaweed extracts that “capture” the water in a bladder-shaped bubble, which then needs to be consumed in the next few days.
Once you consume the water inside the bubble, the seaweed-based containers turn into a healthy snack.
5. Edible egg container
David Edwards, along with designer François Azambourg, came up with an idea to create a type of food and drink packaging that is either edible or biodegradable.
Called Wikicells, they enclose food and drinks with an eggshell-shaped edible container made of charged polymers and food particles.
Loliware is a biodegradable and edible cup company aiming to replace single-use plastics with their seaweed-based material technology.
Founded by Chelsea Briganti and Leigh Ann Tucker, they mainly use seaweed, organic sweeteners, and fruit and vegetable colouring to produce eco-friendly cups that are FDA-approved.
They designed LOLISTRAW, the world’s first edible and hyper compostable straw that aims to replace the plastic straws used in the United States.
The LOLISTRAW also contains the seaweed-based material technology that I was talking about. Furthermore, it is 100 per cent plastic-free, hyper compostable, marine-degradable, and non-GMO.
They last for up to 24 hours and have a shelf life of up to 24 months.
Conclusion on edible containers
All of these crazy yet innovative ideas, know that the environment appreciates it very well.
By experimenting with edible containers, we put ourselves in a position wherein in the near future, we might just achieve our ultimate goal of having a “zero waste” Earth.
Here at Waster, we wholeheartedly support the ongoing innovation and invention of edible packaging. In our own little way, we would like to help you achieve “zero waste”. Take a look at our waste recycling shop and avail of the most suitable bin hire for your business.