Scoby could be an environmentally friendly answer to food packaging (Picture: makegrowlab)Today in cool people making cool things, makegrowlab has developed a new type of packaging that’s zero-waste to make and composts easily when you’re done with it.
Could this be an environmentally friendly alternative to our sandwich bags and clingfilm?
The packaging, called Scoby, is made entirely from agricultural waste that’s weaved into a material.
That material can then be made into all sorts of packaging, including wrappers for soap, sachets for spices, and bags for cereal and rice.
It could also be used as a clingfilm replacement that you can pop over bowls of food to keep it fresh. Excellent.
The packaging is supposed to work as the perfect barrier from oxygen, microbes, and water, meaning it’d work to wrap up a load of different products, and it has a two year shelf life.
It’s made from agricultural waste (Picture: makegrowlab)
It can serve as a cling film alternative or work as commercial food packaging (Picture: makegrowlab)Because it’s made from natural waste products, Scoby packaging doesn’t require the production of plastic or other things that can wreck the environment.
Its creators say it can be grown anywhere in the world with little space and few resources.
And when you’re all done with it, throwing the packaging away isn’t a huge problem. It’s entirely compostable, so you can pop it in your food waste bin in the knowledge it’ll break down just like any other vegetable.
You could eat it, if you really fancied.
It composts once you’re done with it (Picture: makegrowlab)
You can eat it, too (Picture: makegrowlab)All that means this packaging doesn’t pollute the environment or contribute to the destruction of the world.
The only issue (at least that we can see)? The company that makes it is small and located in Poland, so as far as we know there are no current plans to make this the go-to packaging for food in the UK.
You can order the products online, but most of them are currently sold out. Sigh.
At least we know that such a thing exists, and can hope that one day it’ll be the norm.
Anything that lets us buy delicious food without worrying about impending environmental doom is a wonderful thing.
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