Inspired by several posts about making the packaging soluble in water and edible utensils, I decided to do a quick research into similar products to find out what products are available and how ready they are for market. It turns out that there are many fully-developed products available for use. Here are a few prominent examples:
Ooho by Skipping Rocks Lab: Transparent, edible membrane made of plant and seaweed extracts as an encapsulant for water, essentially creating 'balls' of edible water. Small scale production and ramping up. Reuters.
MonoSol: Clear, soluble packaging for hot chocolate, oatmeal and other drinks. Commercial as of 2012. Fast Company.
Foodie Spoon: Edible, flavoured 'shells' that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes - which, of course, can be used as utensils - made from natural ingredients and come in gluten free options! Available now.
Bakeys: Edible cutlery made from sorghum, rice, and wheat flour - 100% vegan and Halal. Based in Hyderabad, India.
Tomorrow Machines: A project of Swedish design firm Tomorrow Machines looks at biodegradable food packaging that 'match up well' with different food types and is pleasing to the eye. I would classify this as proof of concept as of 2014. Washington Post.
You can read about other cool inventions in this WIRED article.
The question that came to mind: will people eat the containers? Even if it is safe, tasty, and looks pretty? What would it take for people to get over the barrier, if there is any?