MIT’s LiquiGlide Ends Condiment Frustrations – Non Stick Coating Could Eliminate One Million Pounds Of Food Waste

The other day I was “out” of hair styling product and in frustration I cut the plastic container in half to see if better access could net some sort of residue.  Happily it was crisis averted.  I was surprised how much stuff was left inside of a container I was convinced bone dry.  A day later I stumbled onto this.  Problem solved.

MIT's LiquiGlide Ends Condiment Frustrations - Non Stick Coating Could Eliminate One Million Pounds Of Food Waste

Dave Smith, a Ph.D. candidate at MIT (there had to be a genius behind this,) has spent the last two months at the Varanasi Research Group developing a slippery non-toxic coating that promises to end condiments sticking to their containers.  Your future relatives may not know what smacking the ketchup bottle is all about.

The coating, dubbed LiquiGlide, keeps condiments like ketchup, mayo or mustard from sticking to the inside of the container.  The video is pretty slick.  Everything slides right out. More amazing is that the group behind LiquiGlide came in second at MIT’s $100k Entrepreneurship Competition.  What the hell do you have to do to win?

LiquiGlide is a “kind of a structured liquid – it’s rigid like a solid, but it’s lubricated like a liquid,” Smith told Fast Company in an interview.  “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,” he said, “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.”

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Save The Planet and $1500 A Year – Fridge “Triage” Box Puts An End to Food Waste

Save The Planet and $1500 A Year - Fridge "Triage" BoxWasting food is one of the things that drives me up-a-wall nuts.  I mean it makes my skin crawl.  I inherited this from my mother, I think.  She would, and still is, ashamed when food gets wasted.  I feel likewise.  It’s not a nice feelings knowing that you could have eaten it but somehow missed the mark.  Generally food gets lost in the fridge.  That sounds silly I know, it’s only a few cubic feet of space.  But there are so many bins, compartments, shelves, and cubbies.  It’s hard to keep track of everything.

If you’re like me there’s all manner of stuff in your fridge.  I have reusable containers all over my fridge.  Simple syrup, homemade coffee syrup, veggies, chicken, homemade caramel, cheese, left-overs, desserts, etc…the list goes on and on and on.  It’s stuffed.  I sometimes can’t see a carton of milk that’s in the fridge and go out and buy a duplicate I didn’t need.  That’s a full fridge.  I’ve pared and purged my possessions down to a minimal level at this point.  But my fridge still looks like I’m hanging on to the notion that the world might end tomorrow (and it might – you never know – it would be nice to have a few slices of leftover bacon hanging around if that asteroid slams into the Earth’s crust somewhere – ya know?) Continue reading