- In the US, over half of fresh fruit and vegetables go to waste.
- But a new invention claims to extend the shelf life of fresh fruit.
- A simple sticker can add an extra 14 days of freshness, says StixFresh.
- Using natural plant compounds, the sticker creates a protective layer, slowing the ripening process.
- The company is hoping to extend the process to vegetables.
“52% of fruits and vegetables grown in the United States went to waste, part of a $161 billion mountain of wasted food. More than 50 million Americans currently experience food insecurity, up by 13 million since 2018.
Roughly a third of all the food produced around the world goes to waste. But now an innovator has come up with a way of making fruit last longer by simply applying a sticker.
It sounds too good to be true, but the inventor of StixFresh says that the sticker acts in the same way as the natural protections used by plants themselves. Simply sticking one to a piece of fruit can extend its shelf life by up to two weeks.”