Non-Stick Coating Keeps Ketchup Flowing

Packaging innovation from MIT, which addresses a major problem in the food and packaging industry. “MIT PhD candidate Dave Smith and his team of mechanical engineers and nano-technologists at the Varanasi Research Group have come up with a solution to a huge problem. LiquiGlide, a “super slippery” coating made up of nontoxic materials that can be applied to all sorts of food packaging–though ketchup and mayonnaise bottles might just be the substance’s first targets. Condiments may sound like a narrow focus for a group of MIT engineers, but not when you consider the impact it could have on food waste and the packaging industry. “It’s funny: Everyone is always like, ‘Why bottles? What’s the big deal?’ But then you tell them the market for bottles–just the sauces alone is a $17 billion market,” Smith says. “And if all those bottles had our coating, we estimate that we could save about one million tons of food from being thrown out every year.” Watch video here. Via FastCo Exist

By Kristina de Verdier On 4 December, 2013 In , , Leave a comment