Designs On— Packaging

Often, refrigerators are scarcely more than a morgue for half-eaten food: a cold, lonely place to solemnly view and store the worldly remains of some anonymous life form, pending a proper ground burial. So how might we encourage people to actually eat their leftovers? To savor culinary memories before they’re devoured by mold or ravenous high school students on the post-midnight prowl?

Down with doggie bags and earth-killing ”take-away” containers. Proper packaging ought to feature complete meal and detailed caloric information. They ought to include photos of the original dish; a reminder of the chef or line cook that thoughtfully prepared it for you; the name of the server. Even how much you spent. Suddenly, those leftovers look every bit like something you’d love to eat.