EPHC is beginning a blog series featuring novel solutions to material concerns. We start this series in the world of food and food waste.
Getting fresh produce to market and making sure it stays fresh is a challenging and expensive endeavor. An estimated 40 percent of all fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S. ends up in the trash. A lot of this produce is covered with wax, often a paraffin wax, to keep it looking as fresh as possible.
California-based start-up Apeel Sciences has developed a thin, invisible tasteless barrier for produce that can extend the shelf-life of fruits and vegetables. The best part? The barrier is made from waste produce.
Read more here.