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Palatable Packaging: Scientists Developing Edible, Eco-Friendly Wrappers

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An interesting report came over the airwaves today via PRI's "The World." Apparently, David Edwards, an inventor and engineer from Harvard University is developing edible, biodegradable packaging for things like yogurt, cheeses, and liquids.

Though Edwards refuses to divulge the secret to his edible containers, he does admit that they are flavored with natural juices and are made solid with algae. Sounds like it might have something in common with sodium aliginate, the bath that is known to spherify liquids in modernist cooking, suspending them inside very thin, fragile edible skins. Edwards wrappers are more sturdy, and recently passed taste tests in his Paris test kitchen.

CoolHaus has managed to tackle edible ice cream sandwich wrappers, and this would be the next step in fully waste-free packaging.

You can listen to the full report on Edwards' research below.

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