Ready-to-eat packaging in stores ‘soon’

Consumers will be able to eat packaging within the next year, due to a US-based firm and a Harvard professor developing edible packs.

Manufacturer of water soluble polymer films Monosol and Harvard wizard Dr David Edwards and his team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute, say that they will soon start marketing edible packaging.

Both say that the market has yet to be tapped. It will help reduce dependency on plastic as well as the overall amount of food waste.

The Indiana-based-company Monosol is closer to marketing their new product, but it cannot be used with wet goods or drinks.  It said that their product is at least a year or two away from appearing on shelves.

Known for products like dishwasher detergent pods, Monosol is working on edible packaging for items like hot chocolate, drink sticks and oatmeal.

Monosol product development manager Jon Gallagher told Fast Company: “If we get our films in just 10% of the [$22 billion] instant-coffee market, or in the oatmeal or hot-chocolate markets, we could more than triple the size of our business.”

The Harvard Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, created edible packaging called WikiCells, and studied water-storing fruits like grapes.

Described on the Harvard website, WikiCells is a “natural food membrane held together by electrostatic forces and containing a liquid, emulsion, foam, or solid food substance possibly within an edible or biodegradable shell.”



  1. Can’t see that catching on long term. What of eating a piece of packaging that has been handled by everyone in the manufacturing chain,supply chain and anyone in store who has decided to handle it and put it back down again? If I buy an impulse drink I’m not likely to want to drink it, take the container home wash it and eat it!

  2. I did edible packaging 20 years ago
    The packaging cost to the supplier and customer, was far to high for the content of the product.

  3. There is a type of voidfill product (stuff they use to fill the gaps in boxes) called “Biofil” which is a fully biodegradable product that is (unofficially) edible. It tastes like Weetabix!!!