Would You Eat Something Wrapped in a WikiCell?
Harvard bioengineer David Edwards believes he’s found a way to cut down on packaging waste
- By Mark Strauss
- Smithsonian magazine, June 2013
Every day, Americans throw away some 200,000 pounds of packaging—only about half of which is recycled. But Harvard bioengineer David Edwards believes he has found a way to reduce that waste: He wants us to eat it.
Edwards has invented a two-layered, edible membrane that he calls the WikiCell. It can be fashioned into attractive packaging that is capable of keeping food such as yogurt, cheese and juice fresh for up to six months.