Did you know Ziploc bags were developed in 1968? In 1933 saran wrap made its way into our world. While saran wrap and Ziploc bags have made food storage quick and easy, there appears to be an increase in new innovations that offer more sustainable food storage options. Over the last several months, the Polymer Solutions News Team has been keeping up with these advancements. Let’s take a few moments to recap how three products may change the future of food storage.
Founded in 2012 by Sarah Kaeck of Vermont, Bees Wrap offers an alternative to saran wrap and plastic bags for food storage; and is made by infusing organic cotton with beeswax, organic jojoba oil and tree resin. The most fascinating part? When used several times a week, Bees Wrap has a lifespan of an entire year. Bees Wrap can be sealed around a food item with the warm of a person’s hands. Once it is put in the refrigerator and cools Bees Wrap keeps its shape, clinging to the product. To clean Bees Wrap, you simply wash it with cold water and soap. Pretty cool – huh?
Drinkable ‘Plastic’ Bags
Did you know plastic shopping bags are being banned in some areas of the world? Furthermore, it’s estimated that 1 trillion bags are used and discarded every year. Hoping to combat this issue Kevin Kumala began studying bioplastics and came up with their own recipe consisting of cassava starch, vegetable oil and organic resins. The result, according to CNN, was a “100% bio-based material [that was] biodegradable and compostable, breaking down over a period of months on land or at sea, or instantly in hot water.” Kumala launched Avani Eco in 2014, a company that “provides a full range of sustainable alternative to plastic.” So, whether or not you’d take a sip of a dissolved plastic bag is up to you – but there’s no denying how amazing it is to think of a world where ‘plastic’ bags simply dissolve without leaving a trace.
We’ll cut to the chase on this one – Ooho is an edible water bottle alternative. Skipping Rocks Lab is the brains behind this innovation, which is made by dipping a block of ice into calcium chloride and brown algae. The result is a blob of water, held together by an double-layer membrane, consisting of 100 percent plants and seaweed. Ooho’s outer layer can be removed prior to consumption to keep the inner layer clean. While the outer layer is edible, if removed, it biodegrades in 4-6 weeks, just like fruit. In addition, Ooho’s price tag is cheaper than that of plastic. Not fond of plain ole’ water? No worries – Ooho can even be flavored and colored!
There is no denying that society is continuing to move towards innovating different ways to reuse and combat waste. Each of these innovations presents the opportunity to kick-start change in our world. Would you give any of these products a try?