Packaging Innovation
Biodegradable packaging: plant your bowl!
October 3, 2013

Biodegradable packaging: eat your food and plant your bowl!

As the consumption of ready-made and fast food meals continually increases, more leftovers and nonrenewable packages are thrown away, causing a substantial impact on the environment. The demand for eco-friendly food packaging is therefore on the rise. With this in mind, Michal Marka, a Slovak designer, has come up with the idea of a biodegradable bowl that might alter the way we conceive packaging.

Biodegradable packaging: how does it work?

Michal Marka, student in Product and Packaging Design at the Tomas Bata University in Czech Republic, has designed a new kind of biodegradable packaging. What is the distinctive feature of this food bowl? You can plant it into the ground! Once you’ve eaten the food, you peel off the label on top of the package to find seeds underneath.

Here’s the interesting part of Marka’s concept: you can plant the seeds in the package, add some gravel and water it. Herbs should start growing after a week. Moreover, the whole bowl can be planted into the ground. The package will progressively degrade, while the herbs flourish.

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The future of this packaging

When Marka was designing the packaging, his idea was to create a disposable food package with minimum environmental impact. Not only does he achieve this purpose, he also succeeds in demonstrating how to use biodegradable packaging in a fun way. If this design catches enough attention of prominent food manufacturers and suppliers, chances are that Marka’s concept can become a new trend in bio-packaging.

Source: Design & Paper