Scientists Have Created Edible Water Bottle
06 September 2018
Skipping Rocks Lab, a UK-based “sustainable packaging” startup – made from seaweed for an esoteric post-beverage snack.
Last December the orbs received the thumbs up from French president Emmanuel Macron for offering a glimpse of a plastic-free future.
The purpose of the project is to rid the world of the problem of water bottles piling up in landfills around the world; hundreds of millions are added to the global pile every day. Bottled water, which now outsells all other packaged beverages in the United States, presents a clear environmental problem.
The team at Skipping Rocks wants to make and sell (or lease) the machine that is used to create the Ooho!, which would allow venues to produce them onsite, instead of selling water in plastic bottles.
According to Skipping Rocks Lab, Ooho is the most sustainable disposable alternative to plastic bottled water on the market. They are 100% made of seaweed and plants, so they biodegrade in a matter of weeks, and the material is so natural that it is actually edible! It also requires significantly less CO2 and energy to produce an Ooho than an equivalent PET plastic bottle or cup, making Ooho the most environmentally friendly disposable solution to drink on the go.
Ooho is not only environmentally cleaner than PET plastics, producing five-times less CO₂ and using nine-times less energy, but can also be produced more cheaply. The Ooho’s double membrane provides hygienic protection for the liquid encapsulated inside and allows for adhesive-free identification labels. If not eaten, the seaweed membranes fully biodegrade within 4-6 weeks’ time, similar to that of a piece of fruit.
lthough sustainable packaging has a long way to go before taking all plastic bottles off store shelves, products like the Ooho are proving that fully biodegradable products have more to offer than we might think.
Lucozade Ribena Suntory will trial the packaging at the Richmond Marathon in London on September 16, followed by Tough Mudder in West Sussex on September 29. At each trial, hundreds of Oohos – in 25ml and 70ml sizes - will be handed out to participants, and Lucozade Ribena Suntory says it will use the trial to gauge responses to plastic-free hydration.
Lucozade Sport is an isotonic sports drink which provides carbohydrates and electrolytes to enhance hydration and help maintain performance during prolonged endurance exercise.
It is usually sold in a 500ml PET bottle in a variety of flavors.
Lucozade Sport head of marketing Lucy Grogut said: “Lucozade Sport-filled Oohos are a completely new and exciting way to deliver the UK’s favourite sports drink to our consumers. They offer us a hugely exciting opportunity to reduce plastic use in the long-term, especially at mass-participation sporting events. As a company, we are always striving to do the right thing and this partnership is a positive step in becoming more sustainable. We know there’s an appetite from UK consumers to reduce their impact on the environment and we’ll use the quality feedback we get from participants to inform our next move.”
Skipping Rocks Lab co-founder Pierre Paslier said: “As a sustainable packaging start-up, we are pioneering the use of natural seaweed extracts to create packaging with low environmental impact. We’re thrilled to be working with Lucozade Ribena Suntory to trial the use of our edible containers for sports events.”
|Written by: Charlie Fischer|