Instead of petroleum, this new material is made of fruits and vegetables. Among the raw materials already used by them are beets, papaya, passion fruit, guava, spinach, and tomatoes. So they are also helping to reduce food waste by using the overly ripe produce that otherwise would most likely end up in the trash. The new material combines the flexibility of synthetic plastics with the nutritional properties of the produce.
The film can conserve food for double the time of conventional plastic, and it is also three times more resistant. The “plastic” is edible and biodegradable, since it decomposes within three months and can be even used as fertilizer.