Nature likes to package its gifts itself. Thus, bananas and potatoes come with their peel, which in time forms part of the natural cycle.
Now a research team from the University of Goettingen is taking its lead from Mother Nature and experimenting with packaging made from popcorn.
Its success could spell the end for petroleum-based Styrofoam. The packaging is made from the leftovers from Corn Flakes production.
The crushed corn is steam-treated to expand into popcorn. It can then be turned into various shapes.
A thin layer of bioplastic makes the sustainable packaging water-repellent.
And since it contains no petroleum, it is both easy to recycle and biodegradable.
A material gain.