LIVE LOCAL THINK GLOBAL

By Ben Raworth SPECIAL FEATURES Read in PDF format N17/2018
LIVE LOCAL THINK GLOBAL The real pioneers with innovative ideas for waste packaging

Plastic. You know the story by now. By 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. Bottles, straws, coffee cups – detritus from a throwaway culture now clogging up and smothering our seas. We are drowning in plastic waste. But there are real pioneers out there with innovative ideas to our out-of-control plastic problem, and eating our waste packaging is one of the solutions on offer.

In New York, Chelsea Briganti and Leigh Ann Tucker have a dream. They see a world where the billions of plastic straws produced annually around the globe are replaced by Loliware: “biodegr(edible)” straws made from seaweed. The straws come in different flavours, are ‘hypercompostable’, so disappear naturally alongside food waste in 60 days or less, and taste good. You suck, you finish and you munch away your straw waste. What could be more natural?

The founders of London-based Skipping Rocks Lab Rodriguez Garcia Gonzalez and Pierre-Yves Paslier, share this obsession with edible packaging. They have developed edible pouches – brand name Ooho! -  made from seaweed, that hold water. You burst the membrane, swallow the water and can either eat the pouch or spit it out - it is 100% biodegradable. As one million plastic bottles are bought every minute around the world, these little pouches of H2O would appear to have huge potential. You could imagine athletes popping them instead of swigging from plastic bottles.

Whether it’s edible, recyclable, biodegradable or simply sustainable, packaging of the future looks set to put an end to plastic’s 100-year world domination.

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