A potential revolution in the packaging industry is perhaps on the way, one that might see today's masses of slightly unnecessary plastic that covers every food we buy replaced by a safer, natural alternative that's even edible.
The development has been claimed by the US Department of Agriculture, which says that it's managed to create a usable form of plastic replacement using a protein usually found in milk. And not only is it degradable and edible, it's less porous than plastic, meaning the things it wraps might be kept fresher for longer. It's a miracle material. Wrap yourself in it before bed to live forever.
Laetitia Bonnaillie, co-author of the discovery's paper, said: "The coatings applications for this product are endless. We are currently testing applications such as single-serve, edible food wrappers. For instance, individually wrapped cheese sticks use a large proportion of plastic -- we would like to fix that."
That's the future. Processed cheese you don't even have to unwrap. Perhaps they can make the milk protein wrap taste of ham. Mmmm. [New Atlas]
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