Edible plastic water bottles – Ooho Water

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We all know that anything that includes a healthy lifestyle also includes drinking copious amounts of water and if you’re an amateur runner like me, the last thing you want to do is add on the weight with a water bottle or stop midway trying to find a tap in someone’s yard.

Thanks to London-based scientists from The Skipping Rocks Lab, developed an edible water droplet, which can be ripped open or eaten whole. Their goal with this invention is to make “Packaging disappear” the Ooho water eliminates the need for a plastic bottle since you can grab a droplet and go. The casing of the water droplet has no natural taste but flavours can totally be added.

Ooho water can be peeled off like a fruit. The outer packaging keeps the inner layer clean. Not only is it environmentally friendly, it’s way cheaper to produce than plastic bottles. The aim is to produce Ooho and specifically supply marathons and festivals in order to reduce the number of plastic waste, which hopefully reduces the number of plastic bottles that end up in landfills.

Ooho is made of seaweed, making it biodegradable, the scientists started the company back in 2014 and since then have been developing and improving the properties of the material. In the last 6 months, they have been doing pilot events in order to test the market and its response to the product. The masses love it and we can’t wait till it reaches the African continent. The scientists are in the process of creating a machine that will produce Ooho water automatically. In future, they want to extend their research of seaweed into other packaging solutions. “Our packaging is cheaper than plastic and can encapsulate any beverage including water, soft drinks, spirits, and even cosmetics.

They said: “Anyone can make them in their kitchen, modifying and innovating the recipe. It’s not DIY but CIY–cook it yourself.” Even though the challenge remains in ensuring that the packaging remains clean before consumption, the skipping lab scientists are positive that Ooho will be adapted mainstream.