Edible 'water bottles'?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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(AFP/Relaxnews) — Small transparent spheres filled with natural or flavoured water could provide a solution to the world's plastic waste disposal problem, according to start-up company based London Skipping Rocks Lab.The alternative to plastic bottles is from Skipping Rocks Lab — a goup of engineering graduates from Royal College of Art and Imperial College London who first introduced their ground-breaking concept in 2013. It is in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube that has earned nearly double its 400,000 goal in just days.

The bubbles, called the Ooho!, are created by encasing drinking water within an edible membrane made from a natural seaweed extract. The Skipping Rocks team refer to them as flexible packets of water. They can be consumed whole or opened to pour out the liquid they contain. The content of the sachets can be water, spirits, soda or even cosmetics, but the idea is that nothing goes to waste, and the product will fully biodegrade in 4-6 weeks if left unconsumed.

The seaweed-based material is cheaper than plastic, says the team.

The material itself and the production technology have been in development for two years, and for the past six months “Oohos” have been trialled at events around Britain, including at London's Borough Market and Design Museum.

The team hopes to make Oohos available at additional major events by 2018, with the London Marathon and the Glastonbury Festival in its sights.

“We believe Ooho! can be the global solution to water and drinks on-the-go,” states the crowdfunding campaign page.

The team has a second project underway, seeking other sustainable uses for seaweed packaging.




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