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Edible Food Wrappers And Beverage Bottles!

This is chocolate milk in an edible cup.

This is chocolate milk in an edible cup.

I am so excited! There is a company that says by late 2014 or sometime in 2015, they will be ready to market edible food wrappers and containers! I know every day a scientist develops something new, but this is the best news I have heard in a long time.

Anyone who has ever struggled with opening a stubborn package of a food product will wish this company succeeds in their efforts.

Food packaging is one of my biggest pet peeves and something that causes me stress. If I was starving to death and someone gave me a package of saltine crackers, I wouldn’t be able to get it open if I didn’t have my kitchen shears handy (or a strong man.)

I've often thought if manufacturers didn't spend so much extra money in these wrappings, maybe the cost of the food itself could be lower. When I open a tea bag I'm reminded of this. Is it really necessary to place the tea bag inside a paper envelope?

With this new technology, the whole tea bag would go into the hot water and dissolve.

A Packet Of Dishwashing Detergent That Will Dissolve


On the market now! Pack of premeasured laundry detergent. You just throw one of these into the washing machine before the clothes are tossed in. These packs contain super concentrated liquid detergent they claim will not only clean your clothes, but will even remove stains. These packs completely dissolve in the washing machine!

This Company Is Developing This Concept Of Edible Food Wrappers And Containers

There is a company called MonoSol that is working on a method of creating food wrappers and containers that are edible and they claim they are very flavorful! This company has been in business since 1953 making water soluble products. Those little packets of dish washing detergent that you can toss in the dishwasher are one of their inventions. They have developed a packet of detergent for the washing machine that simply dissolves in the wash water.

MonoSol is trying to reduce the 70 million tons of packaging waste that is building up in our landfills each year. I think we have to use our imagination to understand what this concept really is: The idea is to create food wrappers and containers that are edible, soluble and flavorful. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could drink from a cup, and then eat the cup? The cup could even be flavored with lemon or lime. We could drop a packet of cocoa into hot water and its plastic-like casing would just dissolve. It may not be long before we start to see wrapping like this for instant coffee, oatmeal, pasta and many more products.. The smart guys at MonoSol are working hard to bring this technology into stores very soon. I see unlimited potential here in the food industry.

Fruit Has Its Own Edible Protection

If you think about it, some fruit has its own natural protective casing: grapes and apples for instance. The way MonoSol intends to make this casing for food is to simply combine small particles of dried fruit, chocolate shavings, or other edibles, and hold it all together by electrostatic force. To understand this concept better, think of the covering drug companies use to cover pills. We swallow those, don’t we? The molecules used in the casings are strong enough to serve as food packaging until water breaks them up and it disappears. This whole concept is mind boggling to me.

Food Packaged In Edible Packets

This is food packaged in edible containers.

This is food packaged in edible containers.

Food packaging contributes to a lot of the waste in our homes, and it's something most of us just accept. Plastic wrappers for cereal, energy bars, deli meats, and instant coffee all find themselves in the garbage at a rate as high as our consumption. The new packaging technology — composed of FDA-approved edible polymers that have an undetectable taste and smell — is ideal for items we dissolve in water anyway like:

• Warm breakfast meals

• Instant coffees and teas

• Drink sticks

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• Sauces & Soups

• Pastas & Rice

• Proteins and other workout supplements

One drawback to this concept that I personally can see is that of personal hygiene: Products in ready-made packaging will go through many hands - literally - before they reach the consumer, and despite the companies' assurances of their products' safety, I’m just not sure consumers would be willing to nibble on something whose hygiene can so clearly be compromised. I, for one, am particular about who has been handling my food. Wouldn’t it defeat the whole purpose if the edible food had to be wrapped in plastic to protect it from contamination? I have faith that they will solve that problem.

Marketing and recycling experts agree that there is room for experimentation in this field, which shows great potential in terms of urban waste management.

I am going to follow the progress of this technology very closely. I truly hope the concept takes off and will be accepted and welcomed by consumers.

I hope this company will hurry and get these products into stores soon. I can save a lot of fingernails when that happens!

Liquids can be packaged in edible containers.

Liquids can be packaged in edible containers.

Edible Containers For Drinks

Containers for drinks could soon be available in a edible form. This concept would be a useful alternative to take-away containers, lunch boxes, and drink bottles, while reducing the environmental concerns associated with plastic production and recycling.

The base ingredients of this revolutionary packaging system consists of a natural food membrane that is held together by electrostatic forces. Forming a biodegradable shell that can be used as a portable container, the membrane is also is safe to consume. These membranes are significantly resistant to water, and can take the form of a bottle or any other liquid container.

Researchers have created an orange-flavored membrane for storing orange juice, a tomato-flavored container for serving sized ketchup and a grape flavored package for wine. A prototype should be developed in the near future.

I think this is very exciting. Imagine not having to recycle plastic drink bottles. Americans use 22 billion bottles a year, only 17% of those bottles are recycled.

These Plastic Bottles May Be Replaced By Edible Bottles

In the future, all these plastic bottles will be replaced by edible containers.

In the future, all these plastic bottles will be replaced by edible containers.

If this technology is successful it would reduce plastic in our oceans.

Plastic Littering A Beach

Plastic litters our beaches and oceans.

Plastic litters our beaches and oceans.

This is candy with an edible wrapper!

Edible Food Arrangements


Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 27, 2015:

Hi, peachpurple. Exactly! I'd sure like to see a large reduction in our landfills of these plastics; not to mention our oceans! I would certainly eat food packaged in edible food wrappers, too.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 27, 2015:

if wrappers and containers are edible, I would eat them, this way, we can reduse plastic and styrofoam, these plastics are not useful.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 12, 2015:

Hi, colorfulone I'm glad I introduced you to the concept of edible food containers. Yes, it is an interesting concept, and one I hope will become more available to us in the markets.

Thanks for reading, the comment, votes and share, Mary

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on January 11, 2015:

Mary, this is interesting to me, too. I had not read about edible food wrappers. BTW, your intro photo really got my attention, and I was expecting something else. Much to my surprise!

Voted up and shared.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 11, 2015:

Thanks again! I hope I have corrected the date now.

toknowinfo on January 11, 2015:

I wanted to let you know the year says 1914, not 2014.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 10, 2015:

Hi, toknowinfo I'm keeping an eye out for these edible containers to be on the market. As of now, I don't see much progress, to be truthful. Yes, the dates on the Hub was misleading, cause I wrote the Hub in 2013 and the promise then was to have these products in the stores by 2014!

Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

toknowinfo on January 10, 2015:

This is a great hub. It will be interesting to see what gets invented from all of this. One correction, in the paragraph above fruit has its own edible protection, the year says 1914. You might want to change that. Great hub just the same!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 23, 2014:

Hi, Glenn Stok Thanks for reading and for your comment which really makes a lot of sense.

I see a lot of problems with this while concept to be honest. Your idea of an "environmentally friendly" wrapper does sound like a good idea.

I do hope these scientists will perfect a better way of packaging our foods so we can eliminate so much waste and stop filling our land fills with stuff that will be there for years to come.

Thanks again, Mary

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on December 23, 2014:

I'm in favor of elliminating waste. But I wouldn't eat the edible wrappers or containers of products because I wouldn't consdier it healthy.

For one thing, people with dirty hands may be handling these items on supermarket shelves.

The other thing that comes to mind is how these edible containers are actually made. If they are developed from processed foods, they can be Cancer causing, as is the case with many processed foods many people eat, especially in America. But that gets into a whole different subject.

In any case, I think you are on the right track with this article. Well written and informative. A solution might be to simply consider these "environmentally friendly" wrappers and containers that are biodegradable. There's no need to eat them.

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on December 17, 2014:

Yes, of course, nobody wants to have our oceans polluted with all that garbage. That is definitely a problem, but I'm not so sure that edible wrappers will be the solution. I think those are much too expensive, and not healthy.

I remember when a box of crackers had an inner lining of waxed paper, and there were four crackers per layer instead of those huge skycrapers they have now. I really do miss those.

When I'm not at home, I sometimes use my keys to tear a hole through the wrapping, and then it will open more easily.

Thanks for your response.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 17, 2014:

Hi, Huntgoddess. Thanks for sharing your honest opinion on edible wrappers. I would like to eat things like crackers without having to use scissors to open the package (among other things).

I would certainly like to see so much plastic removed from our oceans and landfills. Thanks , Mary

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on December 16, 2014:

I don't think we need to eat food wrappers.

I believe these "edibly - wrapped" foods will not be fresh or of high quality, and will also be exceedingly expensive and highly processed --- which is already a problem in our food supply.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 15, 2014:

Hi, Huntgoddess. Thanks so much for reading and adding your comment. I have great hope that this concept will continue to grow and become a permanent way to make edible food wrappers.

Thank you for reading and commenting, Mary

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on December 15, 2014:

I think actual food would be better than particles.

I don't disagree with your concern regarding the contamination, but I think that's secondary. It can be resolved with proper handling and shipping.

The industrialized, non-perishable "foods" that these "edible" wrappers are made form is a totally different, and more deep-seated, problem.

Real food is supposed to rot. These "edibly-wrapped" foods will never go bad, because they are not real food.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 15, 2014:

Hi, rebeccamealey. Yes, this is a fairly new idea of using edible wrappers for food, and I think it is very exciting. I, for one, would like to see a lot of plastic eliminated from our oceans and landfills. Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 15, 2014:

Hi, Availiavision. I share your concern about contamination from handling, but I am sure this problem will be solved in the future. I can just see a bright future for this concept, though.

Thanks for your thoughtful comment, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 15, 2014:

Hi, Huntgoddess. Yes, I have to agree with you and your concern. I am not worried about the edible wrapper being unhealthy for us since they are made with edible particles. I do worry about contamination from handling.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 15, 2014:

First of heard of this great, green idea! I'll bet these products can eliminate a lot of trash. Thanks for sharing this!

Jennifer Arnett from California on December 14, 2014:

That cup of coffee looks like it was a fortune cookie wrapped around it. Yummy! I would love to get one of these at a coffee shop, but yes, the contamination issue is also a concern of mine. If 200 of them could be shipped (in a bio-degradable container) then served in a restaurant, then I'm totally OK with it.

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on December 14, 2014:

I'm worried that the ingredients in these "edible" wrappers will be unhealthy. Our "food" is already highly industrialized.

There are many different kinds of washable and reusable containers these days. Just look online. Even some supermarkets have them.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 14, 2014:

Hi, heidithorme. Yes, I think this is such a great idea. Certainly would reduce all the plastic stuff that goes into our landfills.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Happy Holidays to you, too, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 14, 2014:

Hi, vocalcoach. Contamination is a concern of mine, too. I do hope these companies will find a way to eliminate that concern. Thanks for coming back for a reread, and for sharing my Hub. Mary

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on December 14, 2014:

Definitely a cool trend to watch! You selected some great photos to illustrate. Happy Holidays!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on December 14, 2014:

I'm back for another look at this fascinating hub. My concern is contamination because of human handling. Other than this problem, it's a good idea. Thanks Mary and sharing this hub.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 12, 2014:

Hi, Lissa Clason. That is so great to know you can buy this candy with an edible wrapper! I keep hoping more food will be packaged this way. Thanks for that link; I will take a look. My best, Mary

Lissa Clason from Fayetteville, NC on November 12, 2014:

There's a candy that I buy from the Asian grocery store that does this, it's got a rice paper wrapper that melts in your mouth, and surprisingly it tastes really good. They are sold in a box, so it's not completely free of packaging, but it's an interesting concept that could be explored in the future.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 04, 2014:

Hi, Iris, I'm glad you find this concept interesting. I like the idea very much. Sometimes I can't open a wrapper of crackers and other things, but have to resort to scissors. How nice if I could just eat the wrapper!! I have not ever seen the Sun chips edible wrappers.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Cristen Iris from Boise, Idaho on October 03, 2014:

Now this is an interesting article! I had no idea, and I thought I was pretty hip to the granola scene. You have restored my faith. This was so interesting. My husband and I were just talking the other day about Sun chips bags. For a brief time they had the biodegradable packaging. They seem to have done away with it, much to my dismay. I believe this because the biodegradable bags were so loud that even the stealthiest of teenagers on a midnight munchy raid would have been hard-pressed not to wake her/his parents from a sound sleep with the cacophonous rumpling of those bags. Edible packaging would be a teenager's delight!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 13, 2014:

Hi, tlpoague, I'm glad you think this idea is interesting. I am like you; I have mixed feelings about this, but I do think a lot of improvement could be made in all the excessive packaging that is done now.

Thanks for the great comment, my best Mary

Tammy on February 12, 2014:

Interesting look at packaging. I have mixed feelings about it but am all for reducing waste. I run my own food business and many times cringe at the amount of packaging we use. I am always looking for ways to cut it down. Great hub!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 02, 2014:

Hi, donnah75 Yes, I'm all far saving the enironment and reducing all the junk in our oceans, too. They have a lot more work to do, but this does look promising to me. Thanks for reading and the comment.

Donna Hilbrandt from Upstate New York on February 01, 2014:

I am all for reducing packaging waste. I like the idea of it being biodegradable, but frankly, I don't find it necessary to actually eat it. The germ thing bothers me. It also would be too highly processed for my liking. It is an interesting area of product development though. I hope it is a solution to our mountainous garbage problems.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 31, 2014:

Hi, vocalcoach. Yes, anything and everything we can do to stop polluting the earth is a good thing. You made a good point about Eidson.

Thanks for reading, and sharing. Have a wonderful day.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on January 30, 2014:

My hat's off to the company "MonoSol." At least they are doing something about saving the environment. I understand concerns when it comes to consuming edible food wrappers, contamination and all. I also imagine when Edison introduced the electric light, some folks were concerned about getting shocked etc,.

I, for one, am very excited about this concept. I enjoyed the video and will share this with others. Thank you Mary ~ Audrey

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 16, 2013:

Hi pstraubie48. Yes, I think this will be a wonderful concept, too! I am looking forward to it. Thanks for sharing your comment about the edible wrapping for candy you had in Japan.

This concept would certainly cut down on the plastic containers we find in our oceans.

Good to see you, Mary

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 16, 2013:

This will be a wonderful thing if it can be marketed at an affordable cost and the product is what it promises it will be.

When I lived in Japan we used to buy candies that were wrapped in edible wrapping. It was wrapped in a type of wax paper made of rice so you ate the whole thing. And , the good news is you tasted the flavor of the candy only.

Angels are on the way to you today ps

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 18, 2013:

Good Morning, ishwaryaa22. I have the same concerns as you. I'm sure the company who will market these will overcome the issue of contamination by human hand. I like the idea of edible food wrappers a lot. Would certainly cut down on our recycled plastic, etc.

Thanks you for the nice compliment on my Hub, for the votes and the share, Mary

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on June 18, 2013:

An extremely engaging hub! I welcome this environment-friendly and edible idea but I am also concerned with personal hygiene. If Monosol takes personal hygiene into account, only then this concept will succeed. Once again, a fetching hub! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & shared

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 21, 2013:

Thank you so much, johndnathan for letting me know.

John D Nathan from Dallas, Texas. USA on February 21, 2013:

In order to get the edible wrapper you have to order in-person from one of their food trucks, which run only in L.A., New York, Austin, Dallas, and Miami.

The items they ship cross-country have wrappers that can withstand more abuse than the edible wrappers can take. Every little bit helps.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 21, 2013:

Thanks for coming back to let me know about Coolhaus. I went to their web site. They have some mouthwatering ice creams, but I couldn't find a comparable product to the one you mentioned. I'll look a little more. Would love to find out more.

John D Nathan from Dallas, Texas. USA on February 21, 2013:

The food truck is Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches, however they're only in a few select areas, found on their website.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 21, 2013:

Hi, johndnathan. I wish you had saved the info on that ice cream sandwich! I would like to know more about that product. I could add that info to my Hub.

I'm all for doing away with all this rubbish that is filling our landfills.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

John D Nathan from Dallas, Texas. USA on February 21, 2013:

This is an excellent hub! This is along similar lines as the corn-based biodegradable plastic. Plant it in the ground and in under six months it's gone.

A few weeks ago I got something from a food truck. The wrapper they used to hold it together was edible and made from potato starch, yet it felt a lot like wax paper. It tasted kinda bland, but that's okay since it was holding an awesome ice cream sandwich. Didn't have to unwrap anything, and I just bit right through it.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 20, 2012:

Hi, stricktlydating. Thanks for reading on edible food wrappers, and I'm glad you agree this concept if really cool!

StrictlyQuotes from Australia on December 20, 2012:

Wow! That's really cool! Thanks for sharing!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 19, 2012:

Hi, Sunshine625. Oh, I'll bet you would eat an edible food wrapper if it tasted good and you knew it to be safe. You got to admit it is a great idea, right?

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on December 19, 2012:

Superb idea, but I doubt I would eat the container or wrappers. Less trash in the landfills sound like a great plan to me! Well researched! :)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 19, 2012:

Hi, SkeetyD. How nice to "meet you" today. Yes, the idea of edible food wrappers is very unique, and I'm looking forward to trying them.

Thanks for reading, voting and the share. I appreciate that. Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 19, 2012:

Hi there, ImKarn23. Yes, I'm excited about this concept, too. These scientists are pretty smart fellows, and I really believe they will perfect this method of marketing edible food wrappers.

Thanks so much for the votes and the share! Mary

SkeetyD on December 19, 2012:

These products are going to be so unique and innovative. What a way to live in 2013. I might try out these edible wrappers. Shared and voted up!

Karen Silverman on December 19, 2012:

Super duper awesome! LOVE the premise of your hub, dear - it's delicious - and i loved every last bite of it!

Can you imagine the impact this could have? (Errrr...oops, sorry - that was YOUR

These ideas that people come up with just blow my mind, but - i also think about all the ideas that they come up with that are never acted upon..(can you imagine THAT?...)

voting/smiling/sharing forward..

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 19, 2012:

Hi, vibesites. Yes, I'm looking forward to edible food wrappers, too. They have a lot of work to do yet, but I do think it's coming!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

vibesites from United States on December 19, 2012:

What a great concept! I am looking forward to this. Nothing will go to waste that way. Thanks for sharing this good news. :)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 16, 2012:

Hi, Cogerson. So nice to see you today! I just think this whole concept is SO exciting! I do hope these scientists will perfect this method of edible food containers.

I appreciate your voting, Mary

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on October 15, 2012:

I find this very would be wonderful if you could just eat the bottle after drinking the liquid. I look forward to trying these new products whenever they get can only help protect our Earth...voted up and interesting...and very useful.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 06, 2012:

Hi, midget38. Like you said the scientist just have to stretch the concept to make it work. I really think it will happen, and I can only imagine the improvement in our landfills and in our oceans.

Thanks for reading, Mary

Michelle Liew from Singapore on October 06, 2012:

There are already sweets I edible wrappers so all that is needed is to stretch the concept a bit. So I'd voted yes on your poll! Thanks for the share!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 05, 2012:

Hi, unknown spy. Yes, I agree that this is good news and I do hope their promise to market edible food wrappers will be a reality.

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, and for the share!

My best, Mary

Life Under Construction from Neverland on October 04, 2012:

Good news Mary!and a step to reducing garbage waste :) sharing!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 20, 2012:

Hi,Sharkye11. Yes, wouldn't it be awesome if this company can perfect their idea. You are so right about the soap, and there are so many other products we buy that are packaged so wastefully.

Your idea of adding extra vitamins to foods is a good one.

Thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub. Mary

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on September 20, 2012:

This would be pretty awesome if they worked out the kinks. Hygiene, like you said, would be a big concern. Maybe one very biodegradable outer wrapper instead of tons of individual wrappers.

It would definitely be a plus for other house hold stuff though. Like soap. Each bar is individually boxed then packaged in a bigger box. That adds up to a lot of waste.

If they could perfect this, then it would be a great opportunity to add extra vitamins to foods too.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 20, 2012:

Hi Alecia. I agree: I think this whole concept is awesome. I'd sure like to see some of the trash we people accumulate done away with, especially all the plastic stuff.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on September 20, 2012:

This sounds awesome! I'm amazed at how much trash one family generates from eating food in a day. It would be nice to eat everything and throw as little as possible away. Hopefully this will cut down on trash and food waste!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 15, 2012:

Hi, ithabise. Yes, you have to admit this concept of edible food wrappers is an interesting one. I, for one, would love to see something good come of this idea. I'll bet these smart scientists will think of a way to keep the food safe from comtamination.

As one who is certainly interested in sustaining our environment, I thought you would be interested in this idea. Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Michael S from Danville, VA on September 15, 2012:

Interesting, Mary. I'm on the fence with this one. The environmental need is a definite; and for this reason I think the concept will work with certain foods perhaps. But I'm not sure the public is gonna widely accept it because, as you said, people are picky and right to be that way. Certainly there will be folk that get sick simply because of germs that have come in contact with a product before it ever reached the buyer. Still, this is very interesting and it will happen at some level. Cheers!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 29, 2012:

Hi Patty, wouldn't it be nice not to have to wash so many dishes??? I love your idea of the table just melting away, ha,ha.

Thanks for reading about edible food wrappers, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 29, 2012:

Hi, mmsu. Thanks for reading my Hub about edible food containers. I can't wait...I do hope it will be soon. I'll look forward to not having so many plastic bottles.

Thanks so much for the votes, Mary

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 29, 2012:

I like the edible drinking glass, but I also like the idea of plates and silverware that evaporate after use. Or you punch a button and the table top melts it all down and recycles it. Saves on dishwashing entirely.

mmsu from Pakistan on August 29, 2012:

Interesting hub.I also wish them success,but the question is how long before it's implemented.Anyway nice hub!Voted up

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 29, 2012:

Hi there, sgbrown, Thanks for reading and for your insightful comment. These scientists are pretty smart fellows, so I'm hoping they can replace all those plastic containers that go to our landfills and oceans.

Thanks for the votes, and I hope you have a great day, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 29, 2012:

Hi Brett. Yes, I agree with you. If this company can figure out a way to make and market safe edible food wrappers, it will be wonderful. We will just have to wait and see. I'm not sure how they will get around the tea problem, you have a good point.

Thanks for reading, the votes and the share, Mary

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on August 29, 2012:

This is an awesome idea, but they will have to do something about the germ contamination part of it. Perhaps individual servings could be packaged with edible or disolveable containers while having an outer wrapping that would easily break down. I would love to see plastic and styrefoam containers done away with completely! Great hub, up and interesting! Have a wonderful day. :)

Brett C from Asia on August 29, 2012:

I think that this is a great idea, so long as non-harmful products are used. I hope it isn't discovered later that what you though was safe, really isn't ... like all the dramas with the pill and suncream long after their promotion ... I guess only time will tell.

However, not sure I want a soluble teabag, as surely that would leave me with a cup of tea leaves ;-p.

Sharing, up and interesting.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 17, 2012:

Ni Nichole S. I agree: I think making edible containers for food is a great idea. I just wish them success, and hope they hurry up!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Nicole S Hanson from Minnesota on August 17, 2012:

What a wonderful idea, think of all the landfills that will remain stagnant after this is created!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 15, 2012:

Hi, Mary, did you ever write a Hub about your chocolate cups? Sounds interesting. I agree, there is so much waste with our present packaging!

I started sending these edible food baskets about a year ago. Wish I had thought of that. I love those: no waste there.

Thanks for reading and for the votes, I do appreciate that. Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 15, 2012:

Hi Stephanie, I agree with you. I think consumers will accept this concept if the problems are solved with hygiene, etc. That is my main concern right now. These guys are pretty smart; I'm sure they will solve the problems.

I see firsthand all the plastic in our ocean because I live near the ocean and it is always washied on shore.

Thanks for the compliment on my Hub, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 15, 2012:

Hi Docmo, thanks for reading and adding your thoughts to the concept of edible containers for food.

I really think these scientists are onto something pretty wonderful in the way of saving our environment.

Yes, we will watch closely to see how this all plays out.

Thanks, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 15, 2012:

Hi, Jools. I agree with you completely about the hygiene concern on edible food containers, but I have faith that this problem will be solved. These guys seem to be onto something great.

So much is wasted in the way our foods are packaged and marketed.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Mary Craig from New York on August 15, 2012:

I think the whole concept is great, as is your hub! One of my gluten free desserts is creme brule in edible chocolate cups. There are four in a though there is an outer package there is definitely less packaging than wrapping each one individually. There's an answer waiting out there for hygienic edible wrappers. Great find and research Mary.

I send edible arrangements all the time now...much healthier than flowers ;)

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on August 15, 2012:

This is a really interesting concept. Every time I see the plastic litter on our beaches and in our public parks and roads, I wish for some way to reduce use of plastic. Making edible containers could certainly be one way of reducing litter. Even though it might not be workable in every situation, there are numerous uses for edible containers that would be accepted by consumers. Good job of research and writing!

Mohan Kumar from UK on August 15, 2012:

Great idea and about time too! Thanks for this detailed hub on possible edible packaging... Iam sure the hygiene issues can be solved by studying nature and replicating the multitude of ideas. It will be a great step towards cleaner environment. Thanks for the hub Mary!

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on August 15, 2012:

Mary, what an interesting hub. I think it's an interesting idea but like you I am concerned about hygiene - anybody could have been handling packets before you so I'm not sure I'd be happy to eat it anyway but I think your point about teabags being in a little paper bag is a good one - why on earth do they have to wrap everything up? What an absolute waste of resources. I will keep checking the news for this edible packaging info though.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 15, 2012:

Hi, Sally's Trove, thanks for your meaningful comment. I agree with you. I'm watching this new concept of edible food container because I do want this concept to succeed. Our oceans and streets could be clear of plastic bottles, etc.

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. Mary

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on August 15, 2012:

Fascinating! Including the economic implications. Commercial non-biodegradable packaging companies would be against it, while I would think recycled paper manufacturers would want to see it happen if the hygiene problem were resolved with recyclable paper containers. I can definitely see myself buying a "bottle" of juice protected by a paper box or wrapper that I could recycle. Good-bye plastic bottles!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 15, 2012:

Good Morning, teaches12345, this concept is new to me, too, and I see a good future for edible food containers and wraps if it is done correctly, and this company certainly is "on to something". I think it is an exciting concept and one that I hope will be forthcoming as promised.

Thanks for reading and for your comment, Mary

Dianna Mendez on August 14, 2012:

This is new information for me, Mary. I find it interesting technology. I am all for eliminating waste but want to make sure the packaging is safe for human consumption and doesn't cause future health issues. Thanks for the update. Well done.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 12, 2012:

Good Morning, dfelker. Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my Hub about edible food containers. I was so glad to see your comment about eating Chinese candies. Yes, we Americans seem to have a negative idea about this new concept, but I am open to the whole idea myself. I agree: I think it is an intriguing concept. Mary

dfelker on August 11, 2012:

I remember eating Chinese candies as a youngster, wrapped in edible rice paper, you just popped it in your mouth and the wrapping would dissolve. One of them was called White Rabbit. So culturally, there are already people who don't think the idea is unusual or disgusting. It's an intriguing concept.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 11, 2012:

Hi, Rochelle Frank. I can understand your feelings. I have a lot of concerns too. If they use the products they say they will use: chocolate, etc. I would be Ok with that. We'll just have to wait and see what they do with this whole concept.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Mary

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on August 11, 2012:

I think this is a great idea for laundry detergent and dishwasher soap-- maybe some other things.

Reducing trash and packaging is certainly something that needs to be done.

Hygiene concerns are one thing, but even if that is solved, I still don't feel good about ingesting processed polymers. I don't even like to buy fresh food that is wrapped in plastic.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 10, 2012:

Hi, billybuc, I agree. I think this concept of edible food wrapping is very interesting and exciting!

Thanks for the compliment of my Hub, glad you found the info great.

Bye for now, Mary

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 10, 2012:

That is really interesting! I had not heard of this before, but I will be looking for it. Great information my friend!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 09, 2012:

Hi, Nell Rose. I agree: the whole idea of edible food containers and wrappers has me very excited and interested! Just think of all the plastic we could eliminate if we could use this concept.

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, friend, Mary

Nell Rose from England on August 09, 2012:

Hi mary, interesting stuff, I was a bit concerned about the hygiene too, but if they can overcome that then yes I am all for it, it would be amazing, no more packaging floating around our rivers, wonderful stuff, and great hub, cheers nell

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 09, 2012:

Hi Attikos. I love your sense of humor. I'll look forward to my favorite wine in a edible bottle!

I see you are from NC. I was born in Asheville....beautiful country up there.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 09, 2012:

Hi drbj, I totally agree with you on the subject of chocolate. They wouldn't dare fooling around with that! Although the scientists will use ground up chocolate (among other things) to form the casing around the food, I don't think they would do anything to destroy the look and the feel of chocolate.

The next time you interview the man from the FDA, ask him how his department feels about this concept.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Attikos from East Cackalacky on August 09, 2012:

Scotch. Maybe this will work if they make it of good single malt, with a nice kick.

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