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Flat-Pack Pasta Could Cut Excessive Plastic Packaging

US researchers have developed a flat pasta noodle that morphs into shape while cooking. The 2D pasta changes into its 3D shape when boiled thanks to tiny grooves in particular patterns in each piece. They claim that the flat pasta uses less packaging and has a smaller carbon footprint than traditional 3D-shaped pasta. Based on our geometrical calculation, flatly pack macaroni pasta could save more than 60% of the packaging space, Lining Yao, Carnegie Mellon University’s Morphing Matter Lab Director. Food packaging waste is one of the biggest contributors to landfills in the US, according to the EPA. Not only is the flat pasta better for the environment, but apparently, it even cooks faster than standard pasta as well.

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