According to Euronews.green, the oil-proof plastic packaging that your burger lays in, among other foods, contains heavily damaging chemicals that can get into the environment and also in our bodies.
Polyfluoroalkyl substances are being used to treat fast food packaging, which prevents your food from sticking to the food containers.
As 29% of the greenhouse gas emissions from the fast food industry come from packaging, it's easy to see why this is such a big problem companies have to deal with.
Researchers from Flinders University in Australia may have found a solution to this problem with the help of a German bio materials developer.
Dr. Zhongfan Jia, a lead researcher from the Flinders Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, said that "the seaweed extracts have a similar structure to the natural fibers from which paper is made."
"Our novel specialist treatments boost the grease-resistance feature of the seaweed via simple modifications while not affecting biodegradability nor recyclability of the coated paper", he added.
One*five, the German company that scientists collaborate with, aims to take production to scale from the laboratory prototypes.
Claire Gusko, one of company's the founders, mentioned that "we are able to reduce harmful plastic pollution with this product, and we are also using feedstock that is environmentally regenerative."
"It’s important for us to use sustainable inputs upstream to ensure our products are environmentally safe, from cradle to grave", she added.