Food waste and excessive packaging: What about wrapping up food in beeswax?
From individually packed oranges and excess plastic wrapped around a single cut of meat, to cucumber and smooth card layers covered around premium ready-to-eat food, supermarket shelves are filled with products designed to catch the eye of hungry shoppers, while providing the protection needed to ensure the freshness and perfection of consumers\' habits.
The final result is a large amount of packaged garbage, and as recent figures show, the impact on the amount of food waste in landfill sites is minimal: an estimated 7.
In the UK, 2015 tons of household food waste was thrown away, an increase from 7 tons in 2012.
To reduce this problem, shrinking sizes, bio-plastics and recyclable packaging have become a standard feature of the industry\'s waste reduction Arsenal, but many will agree that these solutions are not enough.
Enter a strange and wonderful packaging innovation that can revolutionize the food of the future.
The soluble packaging \"invisible, Invisible\" is the mantra of most people in terms of garbage, but if the garbage can really disappear, wouldn\'t it be great?
This is an impossible dream that many research institutions are currently working to achieve.
The Swedish design studio will develop an egg tomorrow-
Like a \"pod\" made of caramel sugar, it is used to hold liquids such as oil and sauce.
Once it is empty, the shell will simply dissolve in the water.
MonoSol-based companies are working on a protective film that can be used to pack fresh products.
After use, the film is completely and safely dissolved in any aqueous solution.
Modified atmospheric containers for most bags and films
Products packed with regular old air, such as salad bags, chicken chops trays and fresh pasta cartons.
Atmospheric modified packaging (MAP, for short)
Replace the air with a gas or gas mixture that blocks or slows the growth of bacteria that cause corruption.
This means longer production time-meat up to 21 days, cheese up to 180 days and fresh pasta up to 60 days-which, in theory, should be before consumers forget the product behind the refrigerator, give them the opportunity to use the product.
MAP is becoming more and more popular in Europe and the United States, but manufacturers are now trying to balance the modified atmospheric packaging (EMAP)
, This makes it possible to repair the packaging atmosphere after packaging the packaged product.
Wax packaging is another innovative concept for tomorrow\'s machine, a package made of natural and 100% biodegradable beeswax that can be used to store dry goods such as rice and other grains;
This product is obtained by stripping the protective layer like a fruit.
But with the future of the bee population so dangerous, this is unlikely to become a mainstream packaging solution in the near future.
Decomposition packaging bio-plastics and compost packaging will be decomposed in time (
Much faster than plastic peers)
, But packaging materials that break down at the same speed as the product it protects will not only eliminate the wait, but, before the product is thrown into the bin, help consumers make the most of the product.
This smoothie box (
From the smart guy on the machine tomorrow again)
, Made of seaweed gel and water, there is nothing else, designed to preserve chilled drinks with a short shelf life.
Once opened, it will start breaking down at the same speed as the internal product.
The technology, also known as \"active packaging\", is designed to help consumers better identify the freshness of their food.
Many fruit producers have used this method in a very basic form to help consumers identify how mature the product is.
For example, a sticker on an avocado may have a color mark to indicate if the product is ready to be eaten or if it is going out.
However, researchers are considering further development of technology
Labels and stickers for various factors, such as moisture and oxygen content, can be monitored to give (
Otherwise it\'s hard to measure)freshness.
This strange edible package
It doesn\'t look particularly tempting to spot, but it does mark the beginning of a food revolution in edible packaging.
This glue-like edible sphere-called Ooho-is a biodegradable membrane made of algae containing water, designed by skip Rock labs to handle our love of bottled water
This particular innovation may not herald a step-by-step change in the field of food packaging, but another edible form of food packaging, WikiCells, May.
WikiCell provides double layer protection for the items it has.
The first is made of tiny natural food particles, ions-
Like calcium and algae, when they are mixed together to form static electricity, water-proof gel.
The second layer forms an egg.
Like a shell made of sweeteners and cassava.
The whole product is completely edible, 100% biodegradable and has hundreds of potential food packaging applications. Fully-
We are all familiar with the concept of resealable packaging, but so far its application is rather limited-think about the adhesive on snacks and sandwich bags --
Like a bag of fasteners on cheese.
While these products maintain the integrity of the product to some extent, they are by no means fools --
Prove that we haven\'t seen a viable version of the movie yet.
Crown items such as fruits (
Once the film is peeled off, it usually sits on the tray for no use and does nothing at all to keep it fresh).
KM Packaging-based companies want to solve this problem through an innovative new re-sealing film that can properly seal and contain products no matter how many times it is turned on and off, this can see a significant increase in the life of perishable foods-so it is more likely to be used before it is thrown away.
Interactive screens our world and lifestyle are dominated by interactive touch screens, so it\'s not surprising that they will soon enter the food packaging.
Researchers at the University of Sheffield have recently made potential revolutionary breakthroughs in this area, developing an electronic screen that can be pasted on paper. Based on packaging.
These screens display simple information that can be used to tell the freshness of the customer\'s product or to remind the customer of the time it took to purchase the product. Help again reduce food waste that is eventually thrown into the bin.
With overpopulation, climate change and scarcity of resources, the way we consume food has undergone radical changes, and food packaging seems unlikely to be a priority in the future, because the way we consume food will be completely different.
It sounds like science fiction, but researchers are currently working on some clever ways to bring the nutrients we need into our system with minimal trouble.
There are already many \"complete medical\" products on the market, but in the future, we can get three squares per day through chewing gum, skin patches and even simple inhalation actions.
This can make food less fun, but you can\'t deny that this is the clearest answer to the growing problem of food waste and packaging.