A new "edible water bottle" is in the works, and it's predicted to make a big splash! Sorry for the lame pun, but it is expected to help create a solution for all of the plastic bottle waste we humans create.
Telegraph reports that the company behind the "Ooho!" water ball, Skipping Rocks Lab, was founded by three London-based design students, and the goal is to make a whole series of sustainable projects. Ooho! is the first, and it is a biodegradable, natural membrane made from seaweed extract. Doesn't sound appetizing? It's actually tasteless, so don't worry about that. Flavors can, however, be added to it, so don't be surprised if you start seeing flavored water appearing in this format.
It looks like a ball of water, really, and the outer layer can be swallowed and digested. This could likely be the future of water consumption. Isn't it cool?
The Ooho! water product is made by dipping a block of ice in a solution of calcium chloride and brown algae (yum?), and the membrane forms around it. A layer is then peeled off to keep the exterior clean for consumption. Doesn't sound as good as it looks, but that's okay.
Investments for the Ooho! water are spiking, with more than 500 people investing in the product so far. Skipping Rocks Lab has raised $727,814 in crowd funding so far, and it plans to debut the water balls at events like marathons and music festivals.
If this new method of serving water catches on, it's possible it could put a dent in the use of plastic food items altogether. According to the Skipping Rocks Lab, this new serving method can be used on things other than water. For example, they could someday become available for soda, spirits, cosmetics and more. It's cheaper than plastic, and Skipping Rocks believes this packaging will revolutionize the on-the-go market.
In the end, the goal is "to create…waste free alternatives to plastic bottles/cups/plates/you name it." The expected impact? To stop 1 billion plastic bottles from reaching the ocean each year, and to stop 300 million kilograms of carbon dioxide from ever being emitted. I'd say that's a pretty worthy goal.