Simple sheet of paper keeps food fresh 4 x longer

In a time where the world’s population wastes almost one third (!) of all the food produced, we are desperately encouraging to behavioral change in consumers, looking for better designed labeling on produce and most of all: Innovative solutions in all areas of the food industry. And FreshPaper is just that!

Berries turning to moldy mush, dying an ignoble death in the blink of an eye; beautiful greens transforming into brown slimy leaves; mushroom sprouting new forms of fuzzy life within their gills — these are the tragedies that befall too many a kitchen. But, the Massachussets-based company, Fenugreen, aims to address food waste with its simple innovation, FreshPaper.

The five-inch square paper is comprised of edible organic extracts, and is simply placed into refrigerator drawers, cartons, bags and containers with produce. With no zeolite, sodium permanganate, charcoal, or plastic, a sheet extends produce life by two to four times. The simple magic happens by inhibiting bacterial and fungal growth, as well as degradative enzymes. Sheets can be used and reused over the course of two or three weeks and then composted.

FreshPaper has launched in Whole Foods Market stores across the entire Northeast and North Atlantic regions this month, and Said Shukla of the partnership with Whole Foods said: “We sell FreshPaper to make it available to those who need it most. We’re excited to partner with Whole Foods Market because of the opportunity to develop our ‘Buy One, Give One’ program [for every package sold, Fenugreen will donate one to food banks or nonprofits in less-economically developed countries] and bring FreshPaper to all — ​the 1.6 billion people living without refrigeration in the developing world, as well as food banks and food pantries here at home that struggle to provide fresh, healthy food to the hungry.”

Fenugreen was founded by two friends, Kavita M Shukla, inventor of FreshPaper, and Swaroop Samant, a medical doctor. Kavita developed and patented FreshPaper while in high school, after she stumbled upon its spices and botanicals in a home formula given to her by her grandmother in India.​​​

The award-winning product has received international recognition for its potential to change how the world keeps its food fresh. It will sell in packs of 8 sheets for $4.99 and can be purchased online by clicking here.

 Credits:, Melissa Breyer

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