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Oct 10, 2013 04:54 PM

The Future of Food Packaging

"...Edwards’ company, WikiFoods, aims to partner with various food producers and its first collaborator is Stonyfield Farm, one of the country’s largest yogurt and dairy sellers. They’ll launch their first product — edible frozen yogurt and ice cream encased in flavored edible skins and sold in biodegradable cellophane bags at two Whole Foods near Boston this fall."

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  1. That does not sound very good.

    1. I hope the skins are organic and free range.

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      1. Biodegradable cellophane bags? That sounds pretty good, actually.

        I'm sofa king tired of those ridiculously wasteful plastic clamshells all kinds of shit comes in these days.

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        1. re: linguafood

          Last I looked, toy manufacturers had a LOT to answer for here.

        2. I say "yay!" or at least, it's a good start. I shudder to think of the amount of crap that is sent to landfill every day, or left to float around the environment to end up in a whale's stomach or around some poor creature's neck.

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          1. re: ursy_ten

            I can't find a link right now but there is an artist that sorts landfill waste and photographs the mountain he creates. I remember one mountain was just hard drives, I can't imagine what just a yogurt container mountain would look like. Or mcdonalds packaging waste.

            I'm very good at recycling. While it does require energy use, I think that's worth the ability to reuse the product. Energy would be used to create new product anyway, so better to make plastic from plastic than to use it once then leave it to (not) rot in a landfill If you ask me

            1. re: youareabunny

              This may not be the artist you're thinking of, but Chris Jordan's work comes to my mind:

              I am also a committed recycler. But I'm bothered by the fact that we seem to be in the minority. Walking around the campus where I work, I see so many recyclables in the general garbage simply because people are too lazy to walk the extra distance to the recycle bins - mountains of it every single day.

              1. re: ursy_ten

                I get super stressed out seeing that, especially at a friend or family member's house. I think it's a tree hugging OCD sort of thing. Even better when the trash and recycling bins are all together, clearly labeled and people STILL can't get it right. I once went with my ex to his brother's house. I watched him place his beer bottle in the garbage and throw his cigarette butt in the recycling bin.

                I know that some districts sort their garbage of recyclables but I'm inclined to believe that most leave it to the consumers.

                I think Chris Jordan is exactly the guy! I see he's moved past sorted mountains of garbage.

                1. re: youareabunny

                  I am totally with you there - I stay with my parents during the week and they are of a generation where for most of their lives, environment was not even a concern. I'm forever yanking recyclables out of their garbage so they can go in the right receptacle. Unfortunately my Mum has dementia and has been putting all kinds of crap in the recycle bins. I'm sure they think I'm a tad tree hugging OCD too.

          2. Hmmm... Sounds to me like they're just reinventing the wheel. Many years ago I loved going to Woo Chee Chong's Asian market in San Diego for a regular supply of candies wrapped in edible "cellophane" that melted in your mouth. I can't remember for sure, but I think they were imported from Japan simply because about the only imports from China back then were from the British colony of Hong Kong, or the Nationalist China island of Taiwan. As the saying goes, everything old is new again. Darn, those candies were good! Wish I had some right now!

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            1. re: Caroline1

              Botan rice candy? If I'm not mistaken it was a plastic package, filled with plastic wrapped rice cellophane covered candies. The cellophane was super delicate and could melt in your fingers.

              1. re: youareabunny

                Highly possible, yet it was so long ago the most vibrant thing in my memory is that as I was going through the check-out line one day, as soon as the checker rang up the candy (my shopping cart was stuffed!), I grabbed the bag, opened it and unwrapped one of the pieces. THEN she told me that the wrapper was also edible and "part of the candy." I rushed home to show the kids the "magic" candy! I don't remember the "cellophane" melting though. The kids LOVED it...!!! They were absolutely no more than 9 and 10 back then, maybe even younger, and they're in the process of celebrating their 45th and 46th birthdays right now! <sigh> Time marches on... '-)

                1. re: Caroline1

                  I wasn't even close to being born yet then lol.

                  Well not sure how much this will jog your memory. And now that I'm looking at that picture I wonder if the whole wrapper is edible. I always figured it was an edible wrapper in a plastic wrapper but it's probably been 20+ years since I've had some myself.

                  1. re: youareabunny

                    That looks exactly like Tomoe Ame, right down to the little prize/toy. The rice paper was edible (in fact, almost impossible to separate from the candy) but tasteless. We always got them at the movies when I was a kid!

                    1. re: KailuaGirl

                      I used to spend several minutes picking the paper off til my mother told me it was edible :)

                    2. re: youareabunny

                      By George, I think you've got it! '-)

                      1. re: youareabunny

                        "And now that I'm looking at that picture I wonder if the whole wrapper is edible. I always figured it was an edible wrapper in a plastic wrapper"

                        It is. In the photo, the two on the left have the plastic wrapper, and the one on the right does not; the translucent wrapper coming off is the rice paper.

                        Similarly, Chinese White Rabbit candies (a kind of chewy milk taffy) have an edible rice paper wrapper (and a waxed paper outer wrapper. See photo:

                        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                          So there is a plastic wrapper. I'm guessing the edible rice paper is for manufacturing, like in nougat. They still wrap the whole things in in edible then.

                          I know white rabbit very well :) mmmmmm.