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Liquiglide non-stick coating makes groceries more efficient

This nightmare scenario should be a thing of the past soon.

This nightmare scenario should be a thing of the past soon.

When was the last time you managed to empty a bottle of ketchup, a squeezey bottle of mayonnaise or a tube of toothpaste? No, we mean REALLY empty it – not a drop left or wasted. Never, right?

Liquiglide intends to change all that, and without sounding like an infomercial, it might just do it. Designed by scientists at MIT, Liquiglide is a non-toxic lubricant which sits on the inside of specially designed bottles or tubes. Due to spaces on the surface, the liquid remains held in place, allowing the product you want to eat, drink or rub into your teeth to slide out without taking any of the lubricant with it. Its designers call it “the first and only permanently wet slippery surface technology”, and to be fair, we can’t think of any others.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more clever, the researchers say that by changing up the materials involved and the coating applied, the liquid can exit the container at different speeds. We long for the day when we can order a five mph ketchup from the shelf – life’s just too short to wait on delicious condiments.

The 15 second video below does the impossible, and manages to make watching tomato ketchup leaving a bottle oddly compulsive television. Perhaps we just need to get out more.

Not only is it convenient, and means you get more ‘bang for your buck’, it should also play a major part in reducing food waste. An estimated million tonnes of condiments are thrown away each year, because they’re stuck to the jar. This should ensure that less ends up in landfills, and more on your plate.

Its going to be used commercially soon, with Elmer’s Brand Glue and Adhesives the first company to publicly announce a deal, though The Daily Mail claims a toothpaste and mayonnaise company are also keen on the slippery surface. Bring it on, we say.

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