Plastic water bottles might soon be a thing of the past thanks to these incredible edible water bubbles by an innovative sustainable packaging start-up based in London, UK. The word ‘edible’ means capable of being eaten.
The bubbles, called the Ooho!, are created by encasing a blob of drinking water within an edible membrane made from a natural seaweed extract. Nothing goes to waste, and the product will fully biodegrade in 4-6 weeks if left unconsumed.
The team behind this brilliant idea is called Skipping Rocks Lab, a bunch of engineering graduates from RCA and Imperial College London who first introduced their ground-breaking concept in 2013. Since then they’ve been working hard to make their dream a reality
US alone uses an estimated 35 billion plastic bottles per year, and given that plastic water bottles take hundreds of years to decompose.
Using a process called spherification, which was popularized by molecular gastronomy chef Ferran Adrià, the membrane keeps water inside. People can either eat the whole thing, or take a bite and suck down the water, and then dispose of the casing.
Many Canadians have called for a ban on plastic water bottles, not only due to the waste they create, but also the use by large corporations of local groundwater and the environmental impact of transporting those bottles from manufacturing plants across the world.
So if all goes according to plan, you will also squeezing this incredible edible water blob soon.