Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Is Edible Food Packaging The Answer To Plastic Waste?

Is Edible Food Packaging The Answer To Plastic Waste?

Link: http://www.care2.com/causes/is-edible-food-packaging-the-answer-to-plastic-waste.html

The purpose of the article is to inform us of the new possible way to reduce plastic waste by replacing food packaging with WikiCells

WikiCells, the brain child of Harvard professor David Edwards, are “novel edible forms for eating and drinking transportable foods and drinks without plastic.” WikiCells consist of a natural food membrane held together by electrostatic forces and containing a liquid, emulsion, foam, or solid food substance possibly within an edible or biodegradable shell.

Because plastic makes up a bulk of our waste, this innovative idea would cut down on the amount of plastic thrown away by eliminating the most prominent source of plastic: food packaging.

The writer maintained a neutral attitude throughout the article.

The writer assumes that the new food packaging technology would eliminate the need for plastic containers, thereby reducing plastic waste.

The writer represents David Edwards’s point of view.

The concepts in the article is the idea of replacing non-biodegradable plastic with the more environmentally-friendly packaging WikiCells.

The implications of the article is that one major source of plastic waste would be eliminated and thus, reduce pollution.

-Gwendolyn Chee (4)


  1. This article says that a new innovation, which is the edible food packaging, might just revolutionise the whole world's food intake and market. It would help the environment greatly should many big countries like USA, China, etc, adopted this new way of eating and cut down on their food waste. The engineers should work quickly to make this soon become a reality.

  2. This article states that there is a new edible food packing idea known as the WikiCell. It would help to reduce the amount of food waste and cut down the excessive waste of plastic bottles and boxes. David Edwards', Harvard professor, team has already created a few imaginative WikiCells, including a tomato membrane containing gazpacho soup that can be poured over bread, an orange membrane filled with orange juice that you can drink with a straw, smaller grape-like membrane holding wine, and a chocolate membrane containing hot chocolate. I think that this is a good idea as it allows people to have more chances to do something for the environment.

    Khim Tan (08)

  3. With this new invention, the excessive waste of plastic packaging will greatly decrease. It would help a lot of first world countries cut down their use of plastics, doing good to the environment. I personally feel that Singapore itself has lots of wastage in terms of packaging especially the use of plastics. Therefore, this invention will definitely help us in the future.