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Fantastic non-plastic

A new edible packaging material for foods has been developed by a research team at the University of Otago’s food science department. The project aims to help solve the global environmental issue of plastic waste by making food packaging using by-products of corn and seafood industries and a water-soluble polymer commonly used in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications. The project is at the ‘proof of concept’ stage, the next step is to investigate the toxicity of the films.

University of Otago, March 2018

Fun fact
The number of plastic bags estimated to be put out of circulation when all 182 Countdown supermarkets stop supplying them to shoppers by the end of this year.

Countdown press release

First published: May 2018



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