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Sticker will make the life of fruits longer

I always buy bananas when I go to the grocery store. Since bananas are not ripened all at the same time, I can’t eat them all at once and I must make a large amount of banana bread. And in some cases, they eventually go to the garbage box. Such waste of food is now a major social issue, not only worries in my house. In the United States, 30-40% of food ends up in the garbage, and the ratio of fruits and vegetables is the highest.

StixFresh is using stickers to reduce this food waste. The shelf life of fruit can be extended by up to 2 weeks by putting stickers on fruits and vegetables. According to Moody Soliman, StixFresh Co-Founder and CEO, ingredients coated on the non-adhesive side of the sticker inhibit bacterial growth: it will slow down the rotting and ripening process. The effect of sticker has been confirmed for apples, pears, avocado, kiwi, mango and citrus fruits so far, and further research is in progress to expand the list.

Mr. Soliman says, “We have a patent pending for the technology. The stickers are GRAS by the FDA, which means they’re cleared to be used in food contact applications. They’re also made of paper, which means they’re better for the environment than all the plastic Chiquita banana stickers out there.” He expects that the stickers will be used for both Chiquita and Doll before too long.

StixFresh will spread all over the world as a breakthrough solution for the issue of food waste.