By now, everyone knows that plastic in any form is harmful to mother earth. It takes hundreds of years to decay and in the process, releases toxic chemicals. In spite of being aware of all these facts, using plastic water bottles has been one of the most inevitable act that adds up to the grievance. All of human efforts to switch to sustainable options such as reusable bottles has gone in vain. But, Ooho – the revolutionary edible water blob, is expected to replace millions of plastic bottles which have been recognized as a big problem to earth.
Bottled water tends to leave behind a dump of plastic waste creating a lot of mess on this planet. To put an end to this, three students from London established a startup to create Ooho, a natural membrane that can be fully swallowed and digested. Ooho is made from seaweed extracts, you can’t sense the taste of this edible water bottle but flavors can be added to it. The group of young students worked on a solution that may just help to change the fate of our degrading environment.
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Ooho, The Water You Can Eat!
Ooho, the edible water blob, is the result of serious had work of a group of students. These small ball sized sachets are made from seaweed extract and look like springy bubbles of water. Anyone can drink them easily by tearing a hole into the skin and pouring the water into your mouth or simply by swallowing it completely as it is made with edible materials.
To create a Ooho bubble, a block of ice is dipped into a solution of calcium chloride and brown algae, and the membrane forms around it. The upper layer can be peeled off to keep the exterior clean for consumption.
The Sustainable Alternative To Plastic Pollution
Millions of plastic bottles are thrown away in the UK every year, and ministers at one point consider a plastic bottle charge to clamp down the numbers being thrown away, filling up landfills and entering the water bodies. The US alone uses nearly 50 billion plastic bottles annually. However, this innovative idea brilliantly addresses the world’s dismal plastic recycling rate. Also, the cost involved in packaging Ooho water ball is cheaper than producing a plastic water bottle.
The makers of Ooho are the members of London’s Skipping Rocks Lab, Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez is the CEO of the company. They spent three years of perfecting the design, the inventors, who recently raised over US$1 million from a crowdfunding campaign, are ready to bring the Ooho bubble to market.
The packaging of these tiny water balls, according to the scientists, is made entirely of plants and seaweed and is biodegradable within 4-6 weeks. Ooho has the power to seriously revolutionize the way we consume water. However, there are a few challenges that still need to be overcome before it becomes a serious contender to plastic bottles.
Challenges On The Way Of Ooho
Though the intention behind the idea of Ooho is blameless, yet it has some challenges on its way.
- Firstly, one bubble of Ooho is just as enough as one gulp of water. So, you need to swallow down multiple bubbles to quench your thirst.
- Next, it needs an eco-friendly packaging system for safe transportation of the bubbles. They can either get burst or get impure.
- Lastly, popping a water bubble into the mouth and gulping it down may not seem to be an elegant way of drinking.
Hopefully, the creators will find soon ways to combat the issues so that we can reduce, or perhaps even eliminate, plastic bottles.