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Bacteria Could Rid the buy viagra online pharmacy World of Packaging Waste

Consumer and shipping packaging can be incredibly wasteful.  Some companies are downsizing their packaging, but many products sitll come wrapped and boxed in ridiculous amounts of plastic, paper, cardboard - you name it.  One designer has come up with a way to get rid of the waste by wrapping objects in bacteria, creating a biodegradable, custom-fitting shell.  Both gross and exciting!

Mareike Frensmeier just won third place in the Cargo Packs 2020 challenge for his bacteria wrap idea called Bacs.  The packaging is made by covering an object with a culture of the best place canada levitra prescription the bacterium acetobacter xylinum, then starting a sugar feeding frenzy.  This creates a "fibrous nano-scaled cellulose network" that encases the object and keeps it safe along its journey.

The Bacs system can be manipulated to offer damp, gel-like packaging for food, dry, paper-like packaging or freeze-dried, foam-like packaging for the most fragile objects.  Now, I'm not sure bacteria wrap will ever take off but the idea of a world free of packing peanuts sure is a nice one.

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written by crimsonbrass, November 10, 2009
it sounds like a wonderful idea but wouldn't the bacteria feed off of food products stored inside? wouldn't int grow mold?
Great Invention
written by John at Cell Phone Recycling, November 10, 2009
I agree the process is both gross and exciting! Although I am still not sure with the canadian online pharmacy cialis process, but if it they think it will be a big help, then why not!
written by Shang Lee, November 10, 2009
Can it grow fast enough to be an alternative to cars' airbag?
Customers Choice
written by Kelly Packer, November 10, 2009
Without critising this article. I'd rather see customers take products back from the shop in a cloth bag. Just like my grandma did, before plastic bags were invented.

Manufacturers could ship in recyclable bulk containers. Retailers could sell unpackaged items direct from display. But it's the customers who like everything to be in a nice pristine box.
That is quite remarkable
written by VeruTEK Green Technologies, November 10, 2009
The one problem they will face however is the use of the term bacteria. A lot of people associate it as a negative. Saying your package is wrapped in bacteria doesn't really come off right. You may be right that it may not take off, but it truly is innovation at its finest.
nice thought experiment - but totally impractical
written by mark, November 10, 2009
note that this was a "contest" to stimulate "visionary design concepts". i must say that this one was conceived with myopic vision.

as a microbiologist, i can tell you that you would be better off packing your item in the "glucosic sugar" that is fed to the bacteria than in the cellulose made by the bacteria... the amount of material the bacteria could make in a reasonable timeframe is cialis one a day vanishingly small. This may work to "package" very small components (that were themselves either completely inert or wrapped in some other material to keep them from contacting the polymer), but any large scale packing seems far-fetched.

i would also add that beyond the yuck factor, it probably doesn't smell too good.
written by Richard, November 10, 2009
How about making the wrapping eat itself up. Nothing's better than a biodegradable wrapper, I guess..
written by Michael Bayes, November 11, 2009
If it was made edible you could just eat the wrapper off.
written by Richard, November 11, 2009
I think that eating the wrapper would defeat the purpose of look there canadian pharmacy levitra prescription its existence. The wrapper becomes part of the candy, thus being a wrapperless candy- which also defeats the purpose of study for having biodegradable wrappers.
written by Brenda, November 13, 2009
Hmmmm...what's to keep it from evolving/mutating into the next huge scourge of everyone's homes? And what do you do with it when you're done? Does everyone end up toting wads of bacteria to the landfill? I second the microbiologist on the stench warning. You'd also want to test it to be sure it wasn't an unusual attractant to pests, like the way starch "peanuts" attract roaches who find them quite delectible.

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