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David Edwards's WikiCell Makes Edible Food Packaging

Edible Treats, Packaging and All
David Edwards's WikiCell Makes Edible Food Packaging
Photograph by Akatre for Bloomberg Businessweek

A third of the waste that’s dumped into landfills is packaging such as boxes, bags, and food wrappers. David Edwards has a solution: Just eat it.

Last year, Edwards, 51, a bioengineer at Harvard, launched WikiCell, which makes edible packaging for everything from yogurt to coffee and even alcoholic drinks. “We can basically surround any food or beverage with a skin like a grape skin that’s fully edible, and then consume it,” he says. Picture a martini wrapped in an olive that you can stick in your pocket and rinse off when you’re ready for a toast.