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Health Innovations has developed a smart food packaging technology that changes colour when the food gets spoiled. Our technology provides a visual indicator of food spoilage or expiration, thus reducing the confusion relating to 'food labels’. Consumers using SpoilerAlert food packaging technology can consume the food until the food packaging changes colour thus increasing the shelf life of food, reducing carbon footprint and addressing food inequality.
Alternatives to plastics:
There is immense need to produce packaging plastics from renewable resources. Plastics are often used to protect food from oxygen and water, and due to not being produced by renewable resources, they are difficult to recycle or biodegrade. Chitin, a natural sugar compound and the second most abundant biopolymer in nature, is a sought after bio-derived material for its high stiffness, strength, and protective barrier properties and its natural nanofiber structure. Current extraction and processing techniques rely on strong acids and bases or volatile organic solvents that reduce chitin’s sustainability and diminish its natural properties. Thus, there is a need for a processing method that retains the properties of chitin while producing a functional product.