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Published on April 19th, 2017 | By: Faye Oney

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Video: Now you can eat your water bottle—Edible water blobs eliminate food packaging

Published on April 19th, 2017 | By: Faye Oney

[Image above] Credit: Futurism; YouTube

 

 

Do you ever feel guilty about all those water bottles you toss in the trash?

 

Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22 (as is the March for Science). Let’s consider the impact of our bottled water usage:

 

  • Plastic water bottles take more than 1,000 years to biodegrade. If they’re incinerated, they produce toxic fumes. (TheWaterProject.org)
  • An estimated 1,500 plastic bottles end up in landfills or oceans every second. (TheWorldCounts.com)
  • In the U.S., at least 50 million plastic bottles are thrown away. (PristinePlanet.com)
  • 3 liters of water are used to package 1 bottle of water. (TheWorldCounts.com)

 

You can read additional facts here.

 

Now that I’ve laid a huge guilt trip on you, would you be willing to eat your water container to save the planet? 

 

While a few scientists are conducting ongoing research on alternative forms of packaging, Skipping Rocks Lab, a small start-up in London, has developed an edible water “bottle.” Well, actually it’s more of a spongy sphere.

 

With the help of a crowdfunding effort, the research team has managed to create a unique way to package water and other liquids in the form of a soft blob. According to the company website, Skipping Rocks Lab’s mission is “to create a waste-free alternative to plastic bottles/cups/plates/you name it.”

 

The lab’s product is called Ooho and is made of 100% seaweed and plants. The spherical containers are edible, biodegradable, and have a shelf life of just a few days. The company claims they are cheaper than plastic to manufacture and produce 5x less CO2 and 9x less energy than PET containers.

 

The company is currently producing small quantities of Ooho for private parties, conferences, and festivals, and plans to eventually mass-produce them. Its crowdfunding effort has already raised more than $1 million, according to an April 13 tweet on its Twitter page.

 

Watch the video for a glimpse at how we might consume bottled water in the future.

Credit: Futurism; YouTube

 


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One Response to Video: Now you can eat your water bottle—Edible water blobs eliminate food packaging

  1. Keith Humfeld says:

    Plastic water bottles take more than 1,000 years to biodegrade.
    They’re made of carbon atoms, oxygen atoms and hydrogen atoms.
    This, of course, is the beginning of a solution to the atmospheric carbon dioxide problem. We need a process to take atmospheric carbon dioxide and sequester its carbon in a form that will remove it from the carbon cycle for a significant period of time. If we can make PET (or its precursors) from atmospheric CO2 (in a process that does not generate more atmospheric CO2 directly or indirectly), then every bottle in a landfill represents some CO2 removed from the atmosphere! If we release more CO2 one year, just turn up the factory and make more bottles or even ingots/chunks. If that process is economical, all the better – eventually we’ll need to regulate how much CO2 companies are allowed to *remove* from the atmosphere.

    Always remember: throwing away plastic is good for the environment. Or at least it will be, one day.

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