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Edible single serving condiment packaging

Make condiment packaging out of gelatin or cellulose so that it is edible and compostable

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Making sauce packages out of cellulose or gelatin would make them edible and compostable. Since these materials are safe for liquid medicines they should be fine for condiments

How does this Idea redesign unrecyclable small format plastic items that often end up as waste?

Small sauce packages can be composted instead of discarded

Which use cases does your Idea apply to?

Entire food service industry especially fast food

How do you envision scaling up your Idea?

Branding would be the biggest obstacle but I think this could be overcome by creative use of food dyes or branded dispensers

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Research & Early Testing: You are exploring an idea, gathering inspiration and information needed to test it with real users.

Please describe how becoming a Top Idea and working with the Think Beyond Plastics Accelerator Program will help to accelerate your solution.

My goal is to see single serving condiment containers become compostable. There would need to be consumer taste testing done Success would be condiment companies using this form of packaging

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

Individual idea just looking at some vitamin capsules

Tell us about your work experience

High school mathematics teacher

Please describe your legal and organizational structure

Not applicable

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Photo of Kate Rushton

Hi Diana, interesting post! It is great to have you in the challenge.

What business model is needed to bring this to market?

Is there any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

Also, are you on LinkedIn? Have you considered joining the Circular Design Guide Group -

This group is about design & the circular economy. It's run jointly by IDEO and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.