Imagine buying ice cream or yogurt without the customary packaging. Instead, the container more resembles the natural skin of an orange. If you bite into this container, you will probably like the taste. You will probably even be able to select the taste of the containers.
This is the vision of Wikicells which is developing a new, peculiar type of container designed to store liquids and moist foods. Invented by Harvard professor and bioengineer David Edwards, Wikicells are usually spherical. They have a dry but gelatinous shell that surrounds a liquid inside. They look like crosses between rubber balls and French hors d’oeuvres.
Despite their uniqueness, Wikicells are designed to go mainstream and upend the entire container industry. Since Wikicells are edible, natural, and biodegradable, they are environmentally friendly and have the potential to reduce waste. Ordinary containers are thrown away. Even though glass and plastic containers have the potential to be recycled, many end up in landfills and immense amounts of energy are required to recycle them. Like orange rinds that can either be consumed or composted, Wikicells will either be eaten or degraded.
Wikicells are also washable which eliminates the need for them to be shipped, stored, or sold in more traditional containers.
Wikicells are being produced by WikiCell Designs, Inc. which is headed by CEO Robert Connelly. WikiCell Designs has offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Paris, France. The Company expects to start selling Wikicells in one to two years. Selling prices have not yet been determined.Edible Packaging,