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8215 clicks; posted to Main » on 03 Oct 2005 at 8:36 AM (12 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2005-10-03 12:55:55 AM  
They should make condoms out of that stuff. Ok, i DRTFA, but it was too long.
2005-10-03 01:17:27 AM  
I can't wait for someone to serve soup.
2005-10-03 08:39:25 AM  
You mean all this time plastic HASN'T been edible?

That might explain my constipation.
2005-10-03 08:41:38 AM  
Office prank wars escalate at the coffee machine. :)
2005-10-03 08:46:53 AM  
What no Coffee Mugs that dissappear when wet? That'd be great for office wars

/Office Pranks begin!
2005-10-03 08:47:34 AM  
Too bad that it doesn't require either caustic or acidic water to disperse. Even a few points on either end would make this useful for liquids as well.
2005-10-03 08:49:10 AM  
This confirms my long-held suspicion that Australia will one day rule the world.
2005-10-03 08:49:38 AM  
looks delicious

Comes with free forest droppings by the look of it.
2005-10-03 08:51:29 AM  
If they are edible, you'd hope that they would disappear when wet...

Surely someone submitted this with a much better headline.
2005-10-03 08:53:48 AM  
I think this should have a "spiffy" tag, myself. Not often that something truly environmentally positive happens.
2005-10-03 08:59:12 AM  
and this one's wet
and this one's wet
and this one's wet
and this one's wet
and this one's wet
and this one's wet

...better not dry them in a rainforest

2005-10-03 09:10:01 AM  
We call them Shazzwozzers.
2005-10-03 09:10:31 AM  
Dow and Dupont have already been making and selling plastics made from corn for a while. The quick dissolving this company is harping is actually a problem that severely limits the applications.
2005-10-03 09:13:30 AM  
Shadrach, are you Jeff Vader? Can you get his autograph?
2005-10-03 09:16:50 AM  
What happens if you eating your chips/fries from a tray and it rains?

I bet the pigeons would love that one.
2005-10-03 09:20:45 AM  
Starch-based packing peanuts have been around quite a while; sounds like these guys are using the same thing, but molded differently. Put the peanuts under water, they turn to goop. A friend of mine ate one once, to prove they're not poisonous, but I wasn't nearly that adventurous.
2005-10-03 09:23:40 AM  
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"Are you listening, Benjamin?"
2005-10-03 09:35:20 AM  
Yeah, so you can only serve up dry food on this plastic? What good is it then?
2005-10-03 09:38:25 AM  
Just what I always wanted: a plate that turns to goo when I put something water-based on it....

Now if they can just think of a way to make it explode too, I think we'll have a working product.
2005-10-03 09:44:47 AM  
23 Engima
Now if they can just think of a way to make it explode too, I think we'll have a working product.

you could always coat the tray with sodium and throw it into a pool
2005-10-03 09:52:21 AM  
yes! soduim FTW!

//did something similar in highschool
///slash happy
2005-10-03 10:03:43 AM  
While it would be phenominally stupid to use this for anything wet, it does give hope to some real biodegradability in packaging.

Of course, you'd still have to get idiots to actually remember to recycle their cardboard and compost their food wastes. So it's all kind of a fruitless gesture to make all these technological solutions to environmental problems when the problem is the users, not the manufacturers.

At my highrise I see more cardboard in the dumpster than in the city recycling bin.
2005-10-03 10:05:52 AM  
I have encountered this stuff (work for one of the organisations that developed it).

It's not for plates, it's for packaging. It can be used to make the plastic trays inside ordinary plastic wrappers. It can be used for biscuits and chocolates, as well as non-food items like toys or electronics gadgets.

Until you put it in water, it looks and feels just like normal plastic. If you eat it, it dissolves in your mouth. It tastes slightly salty, but pretty bland overall.
2005-10-03 10:07:47 AM  
This technology is wasted on the food, if the technology could be applied to womens underwear....
2005-10-03 10:12:24 AM  
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2005-10-03 10:14:29 AM  
dumb ??

wouldnt anything short of dry cereal just completely destroy the plate ??
2005-10-03 10:16:22 AM  
So how long before someone makes a synthetic fiber out of the stuff for frat party T-shirts?
2005-10-03 10:29:58 AM  
sigh, it's not for dishes... you shouldn't be eating off plastic plates, asshats. It's for those plastic shells your oreo cookies come in.
2005-10-03 10:46:44 AM  
Anyone read the FAQ on the Official Website?

The plastic is made out of corn. America seems to have this over-abundance of corn due to government subsidies of corn farming. Perhaps a deal could be worked out and we could switch many plastics over to plantics, using up some corn (instead of being used as a sweetner in everything) and switch us away from mostly petrol-based plastics.

2005-10-03 11:11:46 AM  
This is a liberal plot to make us think normal plastics are "bad."

Did you ever see how plastic becomes brittle over time? How it can age and crack just like anything else?

Do you know why it does that? Because it's getting old and decomposing!

Yes, plastics take far longer to break down, but they do, and the damn hippie liberals who say otherwise are lying fools, out to control us through their environmental restrictions.

Who cares how long it takes to break down anyway? Those landfills aren't going to be mined for resources. Hell, letting the stuff decompose will just make the ground unstable and dangerous to walk on! It's in our best interest for this stuff to stay around forever so we can build on top of the former landfills!
2005-10-03 11:20:24 AM  
Now if they could just get Va-Poo-Rize to work, the world would be a better place.
2005-10-03 11:32:48 AM  
JediKangaroo [TotalFark]

If you eat it, it dissolves in your mouth. It tastes slightly salty, but pretty bland overall.

Big Mac packaging comes to mind. Eat the package, throw the rest in the garbage. More nutritious, too.
2005-10-03 11:51:03 AM  
doublem, what a great idea! In fact, let's use Toxic waste in the landfill just to make sure no-one even THINKS of trying to mine for resources under their homes and driveways. I was going to sink a coal mine in my back yard but now you have me wondering!

The only thing is... won't this new product dissolve long before it ever gets buried? I'm pretty sure I saw it was raining once. I had no idea that all those PET bottles just disintegrated down to absolutely nothing, though. Wouldn't that mean they are made from nothing? Either way it doesn't matter. It's not like anything we bury in the dirt could ever get back into the ecological system.
2005-10-03 12:02:44 PM  

Exactly. Glad to see you see things my way.
2005-10-03 12:24:08 PM  
AzraelBrown: A friend of mine ate one once, to prove they're not poisonous, but I wasn't nearly that adventurous.

You're not missing much. I ate one out of curiousity. Its indescribably awful.

/yes, I was "that kid" growing up
2005-10-03 12:36:30 PM  
When placed on the compost heap, Plantic will disappear within three months -- releasing water into the soil and carbon dioxide into the air.

So this product will contribute to Global Warming?

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2005-10-03 12:37:32 PM  
I ate a packing peanut once. And it wasn't the disolvable kind. I damn near choked to death on it. I have no idea why I did it, I just did. I think that's what's wrong with me now...
2005-10-03 01:10:16 PM  
"The earth doesn't share our prejudice towards plastic...plastic came out of the earth, the earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children...could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be spawned from it in the first place: it wanted plastic for itself, didn't know how to make it, needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old philosophical question...why are we here?: plastic, assholes."

--George Carlin
2005-10-03 01:58:22 PM  
This could give new meaning to the phrase "I'll eat my hat", aside from the issue that a hat that dissolves in the rain would probably be of limited use.
2005-10-03 02:00:37 PM  
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Our dissolving trays! Where are they? Answer that one, Herr Goering! The Australians have plenty of them! Talking big is all he's good for, that fat slob.
2005-10-03 02:43:43 PM  
I can be lazy and not make a mess.
2005-10-03 07:31:18 PM  
I think it could be fun to be walking down the street eating some cookies or something and then when your finished eat the wrapper and totally freak out anyone nearby.
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