Cheese-Inspired Plastic Wrap Cleans Itself
It seems that cheese rinds have got it goin' on, at least these Swiss bioengineers thought so. Using cheese rinds, they've created a self-cleaning plastic wrap:
Cheese just got even more awesome. Inspired by the way rinds work, bioengineers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology cooked up a living, functional plastic wrap-like material made with cheese fungus that actually cleans itself.
Cheese rinds have the special ability to protect a tasty interior while simultaneously helping it ripen. Swiss researchers leveraged this knowledge to create a unique "living material." They took a thin plastic sheet and spread it with a fungus mixture made from Penicillium roqueforti, best known for making blue cheese blue.