Paper Noodles Is A More Sustainable Alternative To Current Instant Ramen Packaging

by Rudy Sanchez on 03/16/2020 | 2 Minute Read

According to the World Instant Noodles Association, over 103 billion servings of instant noodles get consumed annually. It’s not hard to understand why, as it’s a quick, cheap, and versatile snack or meal. 

Unfortunately, for all the convenience of instant ramen, nearly every serving comes wrapped in plastic, whether it's in a styrofoam cup or a plastic bowl. Nearly none of it gets recycled, and it ends up in our oceans or landfills. 

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Australian designer Emily Enrica, however, set out to create a more sustainable instant noodle package out of paper with her “Paper Noodle” concept.

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The entire package, from the sauce and spice condiments to the bowl and utensils come from 100% biodegradable materials, which are also food-safe and microwavable. The bowl is ergonomically-shaped featuring flared-out rounded ends and comes molded to hold your chopsticks and spoon in place. Plus, it comes wrapped with a nifty, paper belly band. 

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While Emily’s Paper Noodles is conceptual, it doesn’t seem so far-fetched as to be impossible to commercialize. As the plastic pollution crisis grows more acute by the day, finding alternatives to plastic packaging for such a universal meal like instant noodles is critical.

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