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Abigail commented on Food Waste Diary: Mushy Peppers and Sad Bananas

Hello Shannon,

I really enjoy the simplicity in your idea. By no means is it any groundbreaking solution to food waste, but it addresses the problem from a more personal level. It demonstrates that even the smallest drops can create ripples and affect the entire system. I am very interested to know what sparked the initial idea for you to create the journal and any challenges you may have faced.

As for the idea itself, it would be great to see it implemented in larger environments like schools, restaurants, or entire families. Most people are unaware of the waste they generate on a daily basis. This kind of tracking would be a great way to make the problem known. Have you considered a way to integrate this into a larger community? I would also like to better understand your idea about the communal refrigerator. Would it be possible to create challenges within your classes for other individuals to keep a diary as well?

In addition to spreading the word within your community, Michelle is trying to attack the problem from a higher method. Take a look at her OpenIDEO project. The issue is finding plausible ways to collect data. Your food diary is a simple idea that could solve this problem and with little tweaking, give even more results than just what your habits are. Plus by talking about your ideas it creates potential to spread your idea while getting the word out.

Lastly, you mentioned what habits you realized you had and what food you wasted after keeping this journal. Did you change any of your habits after? If so, have you kept up with your new habits? Have you ever considered expanding your community be making a club, Facebook page, or app to document with others your habits and how to fix them? I do not believe this idea will have a large impact on the overall problem of waste, but it is nice to see that not every effort has to be a big production. Thank you for the change in perspective. I look forward to hearing you thoughts.


Abigail commented on Edible packaging is the taste of the future

Hello Antoine Mahy,

It is wonderful to see that you are thinking outside the box when it comes to preventing waste that is related to food. While most people are looking and the actual food waste, you are viewing the idea from a less common perspective, one that touches upon the waste that comes from packaging. From your proposal it is my understanding that you wish to continue the use of wikipearl technology and apply it to new foods. I am interested to hear about how this idea was implemented and what feedback you have received in the past year.

Currently on the market, courtesy of INCREDIBLE tm, are drops that are packaged in a box and still creating waste, maybe not as much as a yogurt container, but waste. These edible “bites” mean the average person is obtaining less food per drop than they would per average yogurt container. This may push a person to eat more, buy more boxes, and in the end create the same amount of waste. Ultimately their product does not necessarily solve the issue of waste generated from food. Expanding on this idea raises some questions that would be a pleasure to hear back about.

If a customer was presented with edible bites similar to how they are presented with apples in a grocery store, would the yogurts be larger sized, similar to that of an apple? How have customers reacted to the edible coating? The coating is manmade and therefore will have a different taste than the food within it. Does this deter the consumer from eating the product? How healthy is the actual coating and does the health factor change depending on how much is eaten? Is your goal to use the same recipe or construct a new type of coating? Another thing to consider is water waste. If everything went perfectly in terms of production and assembly, consumers would likely wash them as they do with fruit to rid the pods of any toxins. This could cut down on material waste, but produce more water waste.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on these questions. I would love to be able to discuss more and see how you may have approached some challenges. I am especially eager to learn about what else accompanies this new phenomenon. Regardless if it solves the problem of waste, I like the idea and I think products like these need more exposure to the market.