Skipping Rocks Lab is a seaweed-tech startup based in London has invented an edible water sphere (Ooho) to mitigate the damage caused by plastic bottles to the environment.
With more than 223 billion liters per year and 400% growth in the last three decades, bottled water is one big problem. Only one in five bottles gets recycled; That is, thousands of bottles are stacked on beaches and landfills.
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Ooho is a vessel that contains water on a double membrane, using a technique to shape liquids in spheres called “spherification.” A method that encapsulates foods with textures of gelatin, so that they have a consistency similar to the fish roe.
It requires two elements: sodium alginate, a natural thickener (E-401) from algae, and calcium chloride (E-509). The result of these two compounds produces a relatively stable gelled wall which retains the liquid therein. To drink the water, you only have to break the sphere and suck the water inside. But do not worry, it’s edible.
This project has won several European innovation contests and has become popular again because of this year, Rodrigo García González, Pierre Paslier, and Guillaume Couche created seaweed-tech startup Ooho; if all goes well, it will strike the markets soon. A bottle of water you can eat.
Writing on their Skipping Rocks Lab website, they add: “Ooho! is a sustainable packaging alternative to plastic bottles and cups, made from a seaweed extract.”
Underlining the brilliance of their idea, they continue: “Our packaging is cheaper than plastic and can encapsulate any beverage including water, soft drinks, spirits, and even cosmetics.”
It could be the solution to the far-reaching problem of bottled water in plastic. Recall that the packaging of water uses more fossil fuels. Most water bottles were made with polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a plastic derived from petroleum. 86% of plastic water bottles used worldwide has become rubbish or stuffing. Incineration of used bottles generates toxic by-products such as chlorinated gas. Buried bottles can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade.
Skipping Rocks Lab is seeking to prevent 1 billion water bottles from reaching the ocean each year by selling these edible water bubbles.
Hence the great revolution that this invention would suppose on our planet, a positive impact on our society tough to quantify but of millionaire proportions.