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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.
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!
There are a number of questions about this bright idea of using self-disintegrating containers to replace today's plastics ones. 1. How can its degradable properties be started? A food package that sits on a shelf for a long time before it becomes unusable should not have its container disintegrate until it is either opened or thrown away. 2. What is the cost of these kinds of self-disintegrating containers compared to more regular plastics that are currently in use? Is it economically sensible (apart from the natural sensibility) for a company to change to these self-disintegrating plastics. 3. Is it worthwhile for countries which have no seaweed directly available to import it instead of using the alternative (less costly?) petroleum sources?