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Scientists create consumable food packaging

A new food packaging that can be eaten along with the items inside has been developed by researchers in France led by Dr David Edwards who claim that the invention could reduce the plastic use considerably.

The edible packaging WikiCells, has a protective outer layer or skin that can be eaten and was designed to imitate how fruit and vegetables are packaged in nature. The idea behind the new packaging was to use the model of how nature wraps foods and it is a completely new way of packaging and eating.

The professor Edwards and his team developed a range of yoghurt pots, juice cartons, water bottles and ice cream containers by aping natural packaging by enclosing food and liquid in an edible membrane.

According to the researchers, the containers created using an edible plastic, a combination of algae and calcium, have been designed in a shape similar to the fruits, and can be used to store solids as well as liquids including soup, cheese, cocktails, fizzy drinks and coffee.

The packages containing liquids can be pierced with a straw and the contents drunk before they are eaten, the researchers added.

Wiki Ice Cream, the first product expected to go on sale, will be launched at the end of the summer 2012 with vanilla ice cream frozen inside a cookie dough-flavored membrane.