Food & Drug Packaging recently reported the EU is funding a four-year $48.4 million project (“SustainPack") to develop biodegradable packaging using nanocale additives with existing packaging materials.  The envisioned nano-packaging would be stronger, present greater barriers to grease and other substances, and would keep food fresher for a longer period of time.  Friends of the Earth has condemned the initiative, as well as the current use of nanoscale silver in current products and packaging for anti-microbial purposes, claiming “Companies incorporating nanosilver particles into their products are exposing people and the environment to unknown threats.”