Hazel’s little sachets block ethylene, the chemical that ripens fruit, drastically prolonging their own lives as they’re carried across the country.
This tiny sachet the size of a carbohydrate container can be placed in a container of fresh fruit and it becomes the display last roughly three times longer than normal. The technology, from a startup called Hazel Technologies, was created as a simple way to tackle one segment of the world’s difficulty with food waste. In the U.S. alone, every year, $218 billion is wasted growing, processing, delivering, and throwing out 52 million tons of uneaten menu, often because it croaks bad before someone can eat it. Another 10 million tons of food never performs it off farms.
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