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retired engineer, and present writer
"Do not offend your neighbour in any manner that you would not have him offend you. This is the whole of the biblical Law. Now go and study. (Hillel the Elder about 40 BCE to 20 Current Era.)"
I am a retired engineer with a hobby and research topic, macroeconomics. There are a number of general national problems to do with this and it is time that the thinkers of this world set their minds singly and collectively to solve them.
Not all food containers are edible but many of them are plastic and can be re-used. We should collect them and send them to local centers for re-cycling. One recent company has established the means to do this with all household waste being processes and converted and without spoiling the atmosphere by burning. Plastic (heat softenable) pellets result, which can be molded into many useful items.
Can this idea be taken further? Because seaweed is an edible vegetable, could not these properties be included in the demand for the food being contained. In other words, the food product being provided and used should be supplemented by instructions about how to cook or otherwise prepare as food THE CONTAINER ITSELF!