It’s estimated that up to a quarter of the world’s produce is lost to spoilage. That’s awful. But there are many products on the market designed to help delay the inevitable decomposition to set in. Of these, FreshPaper is one of the more interesting ones. It’s a piece of paper infused with edible organic ingredients that, when placed underneath fruit or veggies, is said to help slow down decay by up to two to four times the regular period. These ingredients “inhibit bacterial and fungal growth, as well as enzymes that cause over-ripening.” There is no zeolite, no sodium permanganate, no charcoal, and absolutely no plastic, unlike other products on the market. One of the ingredients, fenugreek, imparts the FreshPaper with a Maple-like scent, which is also indicative that the paper is still effective. When it doesn’t smell anymore, toss it out and use a new one. Each sheet is 5″ x 5″ and is enough to keep a bowl of produce fresh.
The Holiday Crate pictured above contains 10 packs of 8 sheets, and costs $65. If you can do without the decorative crate, the same amount of FreshPaper costs $43. With the Holiday feasts just around the corner, this might make a pretty decent stocking stuffer.