WikiCell Designs is a technology that was developed to eliminate the use of plastic packaging for food and beverages. WikiCells are tasty edible packages for a variety of foods ranging from yogurt to cocktails. Invented by Harvard professor David Edwards, with the help of designer Francois Azambourg and a team of scientists and designers in Paris, the first WikiCell was exhibited in 2010.
WikiCells are composed of a soft skin suspended in a gel which uses the same natural phenomenon of electrostatic connection found in, for example, the skin of a grape. The soft skin of the WikiCell is comprised of small particles of delicious and nutritional foods such as chocolate, nuts, and fruits. If the consumer decides not to enjoy the WikiCell, he or she can throw it away with a clear conscience, knowing that it will decompose as easily as a banana peel.
WikiCell Designs hopes to become the catalyst for a completely new way of consuming food and beverages with absolutely no chemical footprint left behind. The company plans to partner with large consumer product companies to encourage the worldwide use of this technology. With the use of WikiCells in the future, there will be no trade off between remaining environmentally conscious and consuming products of everyday convenience. The choice of buying products with sustainable packaging will be a “no-brainer” with WikiCell Designs.