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The amount of plastic waste that we as a human race produce every single day has become a serious concern in recent years. With over 700 marine animal species at risk of extinction because of the mind-boggling amount of trash that ends up in their habitat, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch growing year on year, it has become abundantly clear to us that we need to change our plastic consumption habits before we end up destroying our oceans.

One small step that you can take to help end the plastic nightmare is to cut down on your consumption of bottled water. It takes an estimated 17 million barrels of oil per year to produce the bottles in which most commercial water products are packaged, and only 20 percent of them are recycled once they have outlived their usefulness. Americans alone use around 50 billion plastic water bottles per year, with 38 billion of these going to landfill. Nevertheless, with bottled water such a ubiquitous commodity, an alternative type of packaging needs to be found soon.

Well, we have some exciting news on that score, Green Monsters! An innovative (and edible) new “water bubble” called Ooho!, designed by the London-based Skipping Rocks Lab, could well be the answer to our prayers. The spherical containers are made out of a seaweed- and calcium chloride-based membrane that can be safely eaten by humans. Their manufacture involves treating spheres of ice with a liquid form of the membrane. When this solidifies and the ice within melts, you are left with a little ball of watery goodness! When you’re ready to drink, you simply pierce the membrane and take in its contents.

Here is an idea of what the finished product will look like.

Could This Edible Water Bubble Help End the Plastic Bottle Epidemic?

 

The product designers said that Ooho! was inspired by “the way nature encapsulates liquids using membranes. Made of lipids and proteins, the membrane encloses, limits, and gives a shape, keeping the balance between the interior and the exterior.” The added benefit is that each unit of Ooho! costs only two cents to produce.

The founders of Skipping Rocks Lab – Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, Guillaume Couche and Pierre Paslier – outlined their hopes for the product by saying: “Our spherical water container is easy and cheap to make, strong, hygienic, biodegradable, and can even be eaten. The consumption of non-renewable resources for single use bottles and the amount of waste generated is profoundly unsustainable. The aim of Ooho! is to provide the convenience of plastic bottles while limiting the environmental impact.”

In 2014, Skipping Rocks Lab was granted a World Technology Award, in the “environment” category, for their innovative approach. The lab has also recently been awarded a sizable sustainability grant from the European Union, which will enable them to start manufacturing and marketing Ooho! on a larger scale.

So, could their quirky new invention help bring our disastrous plastic epidemic to an end? Only time will tell. In the meantime, you can learn more about how to reduce your plastic footprint by reading up on some of the articles below:

Lead Image Source: Skipping Rocks Lab

In-text Image Source: DesignBoom



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128 comments on “Could This Edible Water Bubble Help End the Plastic Bottle Epidemic?”

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Jasmine Jurado
11 Months Ago

They would have to pack it as well.


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Chelsie Grabow
11 Months Ago

Michael Conway


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Camille Cargill
11 Months Ago

Mathilde Richalotwtf you were literally just talking about this?!


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Mathilde Richalot
20 Oct 2015

oh my GOD

Mathilde Richalot
20 Oct 2015

ok now it just needs to float next to you

Camille Cargill
20 Oct 2015

RRIGHT WHAT ARE THE CHANCES

Karin Meister
11 Months Ago

Yea but what kind of container do you carry it in. Duh.


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Zoey Manslinger
11 Months Ago

This info keeps coming up from quite a while ago... SO WHEN?


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Alexia Severis
11 Months Ago

Wow it would be amazing if this could replace plastic bottles drinks! It could end one of the worst pollution problems on our planet! Yay for innovation!


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Raven Wolfsong
11 Months Ago

So cool.


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Tabi Renee
11 Months Ago

Nope


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Cher Miller
11 Months Ago

These would be awesome for an at-home science experiment with the kiddies (check youtube). As a product, there were many great points already made.


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Amy Louise
11 Months Ago

Bianca Caruana


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