EU Packaging R&D and Innovations

The Future Alternative of Plastic Food Packaging

A polish student may have open the door to the substitution of plastics in the fresh food packaging industry.

Roza Janusz, a design student from the Polish School of Form in Poznań has created an alternative to plastic food packaging, The material is called Scoby (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast) and is a membrane made of bacteria and yeast created through a fermentation process. The organic material can be eaten or composted after use. Scoby can be cooked with its content and will absorbs the food taste.

Farmers will be able to grow their own packaging without producing any waste according to the student. The Polish designer created the packaging as part of her graduate project at the School of Form in Poznań and claims the material can prolong the durability of food. It is designed to store dry or semi-dry foods, including seeds, nuts, herbs and salad.

The material can be grown with a simple chemical process invented by Janusz. Her production method involves adding sugars and other organic substances to … kombucha, a fermented drink made with tea, yeast, and bacteria.

Bio celluloses are already used as artificial skin to heal and soothe burns, as occlusive dressings to treat chronic wounds, in microsurgeries and in plastic/reconstructive surgeries.

Closing Remarks

  • Scoby’s application is not yet possible at commercial or industrial scale but it gives us an idea as to what the future of food packaging may look like.
  • The membrane could be enriched with nutritious elements for instance. The applications may be very wide.

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