Ever since the city where I live added food waste composting to our regular curbside trash and recycling bins, I've had this minor obsessive question.
Why can't more of our packaging be made of new materials that don't force us to throw them away or figure out if we can or cannot recycle them? Wouldn't it be environmentally better if we could regularly compost or even eat the packaging?
So, this story from Fast Company about the seaweed plastic maker Notpla Ltd. (short for "not plastic") caught my eye.
The startup company makes seaweed-based thin plastic film for packaging things like instant coffee, bite-sized water servings and condiments, as well as manufacturing waterproof coatings that help to make to-go containers biodegradable.
The little sachet-style packets are edible and biodegradable, the company says.
Notpla, as we reported in 2019, received some startup funding from the U.K. government.
The Fast Company story said it recently raised another $13 million from investors and, in a line probably written for me, noted that a teabag of the material will dissolve in water, adding nutrients and fiber to the tea. Game on.