Packaging companies are keen to reduce their carbon footprint by using plastics sourced from renewable resources. Many of these polymers are biodegradable, so can be composted after use.
But a more direct route is to make the package edible, so that even the composting step can be removed.
These skins are used to enclose a variety of foods, including ice cream, yoghurt, cheese, soup and juice.
For example, it has developed a spinach membrane to hold pumpkin soup, a lemon membrane for lemon juice, and melted chocolate in a cherry membrane
The company is gearing up for a commercial launch by the end of next year, thanks to a recent $10m (£6.2m) investment from two venture capital firms.
“WikiCell Designs was created to turn food and beverage packaging from plastic toward all-natural forms – protecting products much as nature does,” said Edwards. “This approach has the potential to fundamentally change the way food is packaged and consumed.”