Organic Preserver

Organic Food Savers

As a middle schooler, Kavita Shukla accidentally drank tap water while visiting her grandmother in India. To keep her from getting sick, her grandmother gave her a home remedy that had been used in her family for generations -- a mixture of herbs and spices, and the seeds of invention were planted. After years of research and development (starting with a middle school science project), she discovered a new application of her grandmother's generations-old home remedy - FreshPaper, a remarkably effective way to keep food fresh!

FreshPaper is a simple piece of paper that keeps fruits & veggies fresh for 2-4 times longer, organically. Often described as a "dryer sheet for produce," one small (5" x 5") FreshPaper sheet can simply be dropped into a fridge drawer, carton, bag, or container filled with produce. FreshPaper is infused with organic spices and has a distinctive maple-like scent that signals that the paper is active. Biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable and made in the USA, this award-winning innovation has received international recognition for its potential to change how the world keeps its food fresh.

Fenugreen is a social enterprise addressing the enormous, yet often overlooked, global challenge of food spoilage. (Twenty-five percent of the world’s food supply is lost to spoilage each year, resulting in massive energy and resource waste.) They sell FreshPaper to help make it available to those who need it most. Fenugreen will be launching its "Get One, Give One" program this holiday season, where for every FreshPaper pack purchased, a pack will be donated to a local food bank. Fenugreen’s mission is to improve access to fresh, healthy food, and boost the lives of farmers and communities worldwide.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • FreshPaper

    Hello Everyone! Thanks for reading about FreshPaper today on Daily Grommet. We are excited to have you join us in taking on the massive global challenge of food waste with a simple piece of paper, and look forward to following along in today's discussion. Thanks so much for your support!

  •  carla
    10/15/2012 12:41 PM

    How long do these sheets last, and how do you know when they need to be replaced?

  • Sally Knight
    Sally Knight
    10/15/2012 12:41 PM

    How long is the paper active, i.e., how long does it last (both in the box/container; and once it's put together with produce)? Thanks.

  • patricia
    10/15/2012 12:57 PM

    how long does each sheet last, and how do you know when a sheet needs to be disposed of; none of the info, including the video, answers these questions. . . thank you; your answer will help me decide if i'll order

  • Mary
    10/15/2012 1:01 PM

    I have the same questions as the 2 previous comments. We need this info.

  •  mal
    10/15/2012 1:06 PM

    i have the same questions, too.

  • Brian
    10/15/2012 1:20 PM

    What a great item to send to my child at college!

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    10/15/2012 1:29 PM

    With typical use, FreshPaper sheets usually last 2-3 weeks or until the paper's maple-like scent starts to fade. When stored in the original packaging, FreshPaper sheets last at least 6 months.

  • Cathy
    10/15/2012 1:32 PM

    @joanne domeniconi

    Does the maple scent get into the food it's preserving?

  • FreshPaper
    FreshPaper – Special Guest
    10/15/2012 1:37 PM

    @Cathy Betts: The distinctive maple-like scent results naturally from FreshPaper's edible organic ingredients. In addition to smelling delicious, these extracts are naturally anti-microbial. (Interesting fact: one of the active ingredients in FreshPaper, fenugreek, is actually used in maple syrup flavoring!)

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    10/15/2012 1:43 PM

    @Cathy Betts: Great question. Stay tune for an answer from The FreshPaper Team. They're traveling and will get back to you later today.

  •  Will & the Fenugreen Team
    Will & the Fenugreen Team
    10/15/2012 3:31 PM

    @Cathy Betts: Dear Cathy, That's a great question - the maple-like scent comes from the edible organic ingredients in FreshPaper itself, and shouldn't affect the food being preserved (if anything, folks say the freshness brings out the natural flavors, so for instance, strawberries taste "even more" like strawberries!).

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    10/15/2012 3:39 PM

    @Cathy Betts - The maple scent is mild and it won't affect the taste of your food at all.

  • Kristy
    10/15/2012 1:30 PM

    According to the website I just found - the sheets last 2-3 weeks when in use and the package has a 6 month shelf life! I'm in!

  • Nancy
    10/16/2012 11:12 PM

    I'm trying to place an order, and it won't take - keeps asking for a quantity - 1 is the default and it won't accept it. Sorry!

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    10/16/2012 11:30 PM

    @Nancy Bibby: We're not able to duplicate the problem you experienced. Our Customer Support Team will be contacting you directly to help you place the order.

  • Karen
    10/18/2012 7:55 PM

    @Chew-Hoong i can't place an order either..won't add to my cart

  • gtay
    10/17/2012 12:50 AM

    Since Fenugreek belongs to the same family as peanuts, may I suggesst that there ought to be a "Warning" label to that effect for those who [due to PEANUT ALLERGY] may also have a food allergy to the spice Fenugreek.

  • gtay
    10/17/2012 12:52 AM

    further, question ~~~ What other spices are in this?

  •  Will & the Fenugreen Team
    Will & the Fenugreen Team
    10/17/2012 7:10 PM

    Hey folks! Please let us know if you have any questions.

    You can also learn more on our "FAQ" page at

  •  mary
    10/18/2012 8:50 AM

    Have a couple of questions about this products?

    The maple scent is this letting u know that its still good?

    After the scent is gone do u just toss it in the garbage?

    Evenually does it break up or does it stay the same after toss in garbage (green environment)?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    10/23/2012 1:17 AM

    @ mary: When the paper's maple-like scent starts to fade, it's time to use a new FreshPaper. It is recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable. So add it to your compose or garbage.

  •  Erica
    10/20/2012 6:47 AM

    This sounds very promising. I'm anxious to try it!

  •  gtay
    10/22/2012 3:09 AM

    Since Fenugreek belongs to the same family as peanuts, may I suggesst that there ought to be a "Warning" label to that effect for those who [due to PEANUT ALLERGY] may also have a food allergy to the spice Fenugreek.

    I would love to have an answer to my question. PLEASE!

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    10/23/2012 1:11 AM

    @ gtay: Thank you for your concern. We've shared it with the FreshPaper Team; stay tune for their reply.

  •  Margaret
    11/21/2012 11:54 AM

    We have a child with peanut allergies. So we too need an answer to its possible negative effect. Otherwise id like to try it. Thank You

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    1/5/2013 10:59 AM

    Hi Margaret,

    FreshPaper does not contain any peanut, tree nut or common allergens. Thanks for your question.

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