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Eat Your Bottles After Drinking the Contents

by Kathy Jones on February 25, 2012 at 8:19 PM
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 Eat Your Bottles After Drinking the Contents

Thanks to an edible material developed by scientists, people will soon be able to eat their bottles after they have finished drinking the contents of the bottle.

The product, a membrane created using a biodegradable plastic combined with food particles, could either be peeled off or potentially eaten as a whole and can taste like the drink inside.

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Until now, experts at Harvard University have filled an orange membrane with orange juice, a tomato-flavoured enclosure with gazpacho and grape packages with wine.

They have not yet created a bottle with WikiCells - the edible material- but biomedical engineer Dr David Edwards hopes to craft a prototype soon.
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"In the near term, we will be encountering WikiCells in restaurant settings' as a novelty item," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

After that, Prof Edwards plans to expand WikiCells to speciality stores and supermarkets.

Eventually, he plans to develop a WikiCells machine that would allow individuals to produce their own edible bottles.

"The idea was to try to create a bottle which was based on how nature creates bottles," he told the Harvard Crimson.

"People in a village in Africa could become plastic bottle-free and make things for themselves. It's really exciting from a humanitarian point of view," he added.

Source: ANI
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