Packaging that can be eaten: myth and realities

Author : biasu2762
Publish Date : 2021-01-14

Packaging that can be eaten: myth and realities

Overconsumption of packaging is a real problem in our current society. How to deal with the waste which increasingly threatens our planet Earth?

By reducing the use of packaging, but also by seeking other more environmentally friendly alternatives. Among these, biodegradable and edible packaging is starting to gain more and more attention.

Is the packaging that can be eaten an interesting solution? Would you like to eat your edible plate after you have finished your meal? A quick tour of the question ...



  • 1 Classic packaging, a real problem
    • 1.1 Why do we use packaging?
    • 1.2 The impact on our health
      • 1.2.1 Phthalates
      • 1.2.2 Bisphenol A
    • 1.3 The impact on the environment
    • 1.4 Means of remedying it
      • 1.4.1 Limiting over-packaged food products
      • 1.4.2 Choosing “cleaner” packaging
      • 1.4.3 Finding the Triman logo
      • 1.4.4 Give preference to bulk sales
      • 1.4.5 Turning to rechargeable products
  • 2 The edible packaging market: packaging that can be eaten 
    • 2.1 What is the point of packaging that is eaten?
      • 2.1.1 Preserving the planet
      • 2.1.2 Limit food waste
      • 2.1.3 Making eating fun
    • 2.2 The defects of the packaging that is eaten
      • 2.2.1 Taste 
      • 2.2.2 Practicality
      • 2.2.3 The novelty
    • 2.3 What edible materials for packaging?
  • 3 Promising examples of companies
    • 3.1 Evoware, seaweed-based packaging
    • 3.2 Skipping Rocks Lab “Ooho” water drops
    • 3.3 Edible straws from Loliware or Herald
    • 3.4 The spoons that are eaten by Bakeys
    • 3.5 Plates to devour at Biochem
    • 3.6 Better Burger, edible fast food packaging
    • 3.7 A smoothie to consume whole with Tomorrow Machine
    • 3.8 The chic glasses of Do Eat

Classic packaging, a real problem

We all use packaging. However, we are well aware that their excessive use poses real problems in terms of public health and environmental protection.

Why do we use packaging?

Before demonizing packaging, let's remember that it has a real utility. It is not for nothing that packaging was invented ...

You might be surprised to learn that, at their core, they save much less waste. In fact, you should know that in developing countries, almost half of the food is lost between the production stage and the marketing stage!

This huge figure is due to the very low quantity of packaging. Bad packaging, bad preservation, broken cold chain, bad storage… All these factors lead to a very high loss of foodstuffs.

However, food waste is a serious problem: we throw away almost 2.5 billion tonnes of food per year. What should we conclude from this? That packaging is essential for packaging food … but that you have to choose it well.


The impact on our health

Traditional packaging is often harmful to our health, especially when it comes to plastic, aluminum or polystyrene. For many years, it has been known that the packaging used in our food contains chemicals that are harmful to our body.

Aluminum, for example, when ingested in too high a dose, can increase the occurrence of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's. Even glass can lead to lead poisoning.

Our worst enemy, however, remains plastic, accused of containing many harmful products.


  • Phthalates

It has been fifteen years since phthalates have been singled out for their harmful effects on consumer health. They are notably accused of causing hormonal problems and even sterility in men.

Since the scandal broke, products likely to contain phthalates have been banned by European REACH regulation. In practice, we suspect our plastic water bottles still contain some ...


Bisphenol A is a chemical present in a large number of packaging and food containers: baby bottles, carafes, boxes, refrigerator bins, but also polycarbonate plastic packaging and certain cans.

However, if bisphenol A is ubiquitous in the food industry, it is also accused of many ailments. It is suspected of causing cardiovascular disease and cancer, disrupting the assimilation of sugars and fats, causing fertility disorders ...

This alarming information can lead consumers to wonder what is the point of packaging. Remember that food packaging prevents bacteria from contaminating food and guarantees the freshness and good preservation of food.

The solution is to find packaging that respects our body and is as natural as possible for our body. In general, what is good for the planet is also good for us. The concept of packaging that is eaten is therefore all the more interesting.


The impact on the environment

Living organisms have the means to destroy many wastes, such as wood , paper or dead algae . These materials are said to be biodegradable.

Tired of disposable, manufacturers are looking at packaging that can be eaten.


Unfortunately, this is not the case with most of the materials used for food packaging. As an example, here is the time taken for the different packaging to decompose in nature:

  • 10 to 100 years for a tin can.
  • 400 years for a plastic bag.
  • 100 to 1000 years for a plastic bottle.
  • 200 to 500 years for an aluminum can.
  • 1000 years for polystyrene packaging.
  • 4000 years for a glass bottle.

These very impressive figures clearly show the impact of our food packaging on the state of planet Earth. The seas and oceans are particularly affected by plastic pollution and in particular by micro-plastics. 

In 2016, humanity produced 310 million tonnes of plastic waste ! Even more worrying, in 2000, we created more plastic packaging in a year than since the beginning of humanity.

We must find ways to stop this pollution which is endangering our planet. According to the Plastic pollution report , whose fault is it? , published by WWF in 2019, global plastic production could increase by 41% by 2030.

This would bring the amount of plastic waste in the oceans to 300 million tonnes ...


The means to remedy it

Fortunately, no one is forced to remain passive in the face of overconsumption of packaging. It is possible to act to your measure by adopting simple gestures:

  • Limit over-packaged food products

Nothing worse than these famous cake trays packed three times. To access your cookies, you must open the cardboard box, peel off the plastic film and then remove the cakes from the plastic tray ...

It is a real heresy from an ecological point of view. A first step is to identify over-packaged food in supermarkets and ban it from your shopping.


  • Choose “cleaner” packaging

Among the most interesting packaging from an ecological point of view, glass wins the prize because it is necessarily recyclable. Cardboard is also interesting: it is recycled up to 56% and is much less harmful to the environment than most other packaging.

Plastic is not a very good student, with a recycling rate of only 21%. Even if it means choosing plastic, bet on recycled plastic which saves non-renewable resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Do not hesitate to use compostable films to wrap your food yourself before putting it in the refrigerator.


  • Look for the Triman logo


Triman logo





Do you have any doubts about the packaging you are holding in your hand? To find out if it is recyclable, see if it has the Triman logo, created by the Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe).

Sometimes, it is not printed on the packaging and you will have to go directly to the manufacturer's site to verify its existence.


  • Favor bulk sales

More and more supermarkets are offering food in bulk. This consists of serving yourself from a dispenser or from a bin.

So you don't have to use any packaging, and you can choose exactly how much you need. Take your own reusable jars, sachets and bags before you go shopping for even more effect.


  • Turn to rechargeable products

Many brands now offer rechargeable products. Rather than buying back the entire product, this allows you to replace only the perishable part.

It's more ecological, but also more economical! In fact, you help reduce the waste of natural resources while putting less hand in the wallet.


We can mobilize with food packaging in biodegradable cardboard .


"In a changing environment, there is no greater risk than to stand still"

Jacques Chirac


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