The result? LiquiGlide, a “super slippery” coating made up of
nontoxic materials that can be applied to all sorts of food
packaging — though ketchup and mayonnaise bottles might just be
the substance’s first targets. Condiments may sound like a narrow
focus for a group of MIT engineers, but not when you consider the
impact it could have on food waste and the packaging industry.
“It’s funny: Everyone is always like, ‘Why bottles? What’s the big
deal?’ But then you tell them the market for bottles — just the
sauces alone is a $17 billion market,” Smith says. “And if all
those bottles had our coating, we estimate that we could save
about one million tons of food from being thrown out every year.”
Really is a little freaky.