When we look into our liquid condiments serving and butter serving sometimes we drift in the direction of much complicated solutions when the simple ones are here ready to be implemented.
If you think of sauce single serving or if you search it in google the only two options you will found is a plastic sachet or plastic fish.
However, there are more options available especially If we move condiments portion serving one step closer to our consumer(point of sales). By reducing time the package will serve we have a new wide variety of alternative material that can act as potential packaging. Some of them are presented at this challenge, some were used in the past before plastic sachet, some new development that is not yet widely used.
The potential options showed in the pictures accompanying this idea ( sourced in the Internet), inspiration ideas and listed below.
Also using edible materials for packaging can be debated if we try to concentrate on the local abundant resources ( seaweed and seaweed products in some areas, potato products in the others) it can provide environmental and social benefits.
1) seaweed for the soy sauce packets. I have experimented with using Laminaria sheets as a potential soy sauce packaging
- it does not leak
-sheets can be attached to each other by applying heat and pressure with naturally present "glue"
- will last enough to transfer from point of sale to the consumption point
- can be eaten providing health benefits
- can be composted adding nutritional value to the end product or can be land filled without creating toxic waste
- can be 3d ocean farmed in various regions
Also it needs testing and protyping it is already used - as nori bowl so most likely will work as a sauce packet as wel
2) rice paper can provide a flexible short term packaging for the variety of sauce for the Asian food dishes and salad bowls
3) shaped potato crisps ( Pringles like ) can be transformed into serving bowl sachet for the ketchup, bbq sauce and mayonnaise
4) waffle bowls to serve jam/Nutella
5) empty mussels shells as a serving dishes
Compostable sachet, sugary shapes, seaweed product sachet, wikipearls, bread bowls, freeze dried bowls - most of this solutions are available to the business but if they search sauce sachet on-line the only thing they will find is a plastic sachet.
Simple! is designed to help businesses to see and try alternatives. Simple! Can also provide a consumer surveys to demise rate businesses that customers are I favour of less wasteful solution.
Also Simple! will demonstrate a simple steps like switching portioning point from the packaging factory to the point of sale or freezing portions of condiment. This measure allows the food outlet to have a higher variety and better choice of condiments they use. It make consumer experience plastic free and make consumer think before the consumption - do I need it at all - what proved to be a great concept.
Simple! will also act a exchange platform to collaborate and improve consumer experiences.