Biodegradable and Edible Packaging Ends Packaging Waste

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In the long run, the current economic growth model based on increased resource use and harmful emissions sustainable It is accepted by everyone that the transition to the circular economy model is no longer a necessity and is a must for the future of the planet. While companies ensure resource efficiency by switching to the circular economy model, they must also base the transition to a low-carbon economy.

In this direction, it is very important to follow the global developments and to shape the production processes within the framework of these innovations. Among alternatives to plastic packaging biodegradable use of packaging and paper packaging is frequently on the agenda. Especially for biodegradable packaging, many different raw materials and technologies are used.

However, the most difficult issue in finding alternatives to plastic is food packaging. Finding an alternative solution to plastic for packaging that comes into contact with food requires a separate effort.

previously producing edible and biodegradable food packaging from seaweed Evoware We talked about.

Read: Producing Soluble and Edible Food Packaging

A similar study is carried out by UK-based Notpla. Sustainable startup Notpla produces edible and biodegradable packaging material, using seaweed and plants to replace plastic.

Brand agency Superunion, Notpla, known as Skipping Rock Lab before rebranding, was founded in 2014 by Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez and Pierre Paslier while the duo were studying Innovation Design Engineering. It is stated that the abbreviation of the phrase "not plastic" is used with the brand "Notpla".

"Notpla is a seaweed-based, sustainable packaging initiative built on a mission to destroy packaging naturally," Superunion senior creative director Mark Wood told Dezeen. 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans every year. "The world's behavior needs to change when it comes to single-use plastic," he said.

According to Notpla's designers, the material is completely biodegradable and edible and can be composted at home in four to six weeks.

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Until now, it has been used to create packaging, thin films, and coating for cardboard packaging boxes, as well as sachets for condiments.

Notpla officials state that seaweed is a sustainable material for creating packaging, as the underwater plant does not need to compete with food crops for land and also does not need to capture carbon dioxide – the process of removing it from the atmosphere.

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Originally produced by Notpla, Ooho are mini edible packs designed to be consumed by runners during sporting events. Ooho was trialled at the London Marathon in 2019, where runners were presented with sachets filled with the Lucozade sports drink while running.

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Notpla designers have also designed smaller scale versions of the Ohoo that are intended to hold liquids such as toothpaste, coffee and sunscreen.

“The ultimate goal is to prevent the production of billions of single-use plastic packaging by providing a positive alternative. We believe Notpla has the potential to change the course of plastic waste.” says.

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Producers that produce sustainable and circular products and packages using organic resources will be companies that will turn the transition to circular economy into an opportunity in the long run.

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Pinar Ozurganci Eskin

Environmental Engineer, nature lover, founder.