Primitives is a start-up that developed a bio-based compostable packaging design that's capable of responding to the environment and detecting safety issues. According to CEO Viirj Kan, "We’re incorporating sensing mechanisms into our materials that allow it to detect things like spoilage or even cold chain monitoring."
The innovation helps to address the fact that the labels often included on food packaging is only meant to provide a rough guideline on spoilage. With this waste-reducing design, the packaging itself becomes as dynamic as the food it contains. The design of this compostable packaging system by Primitives also helps to address the fact that thin-film plastic is notoriously difficult to recycle, as its many layers can't easily be separated from one another.
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