Some scientists are interested in researching the possibility of natural food packaging. An apple, for instance, is naturally packaged in its own skin. Some ideas for synthetic natural packaging would be rice or pasta wrapped in an edible material that melts in boiled water, cereal boxes replaced with sacks or balls of the cereal itself. You could remove and compost the outer covering, and eat the material within. These concepts would greatly reduce the amount of garbage generated from food packaging. If you need labels, the ink could be made from vegetable dyes which are edible.