Edible water bottle!?
Edible water bottle? Oh yes!
We’ve slurped water. We’ve guzzled water. We’ve sipped water. But we’ve never eaten water!
This blob is something you can eat and drink all in one go made from sodium alginate gel. Plastic water bottles are one of the worst culprits for the 16 million plastic bottles that are dumped these days.
Ooho, an “edible bottle” created by startup Skipping Rocks Lab. It’s a product that’s perfectly suited for internet hype. It looks crazy, seems useful, and it’s not particularly difficult to imagine using it yourself. There’s also absolutely zero chance it ever, ever replaces the product that people seem to think it’s trying to replace. Ooho spheres are created by dipping frozen balls of liquid into an algae mixture that forms a membrane around the ice. The ice melts into liquid water and membrane, which is edible and biodegradable, forms a watertight seal around it. To consume the liquid you can either bite into the tasteless membrane and sip it out or just eat the entire ball, membrane and all. It’s this no-plastic-needed concept that has turned Ooho into a bit of a viral sensation. Skipping Rocks is currently fundraising online, having already doubled its target with nearly 1,000 independent investors contributing money to the company. Unlike bottles, single-gulp water is not something most of us need or would even find a way to use on a daily basis. As demonstrated in videos showcasing Ooho being drunk, the membrane is pretty delicate, and certainly not something you’d toss in a bag or backpack on its own.
And because the membrane is edible, if Skipping Rocks envisions Ooho being sold at grocery stores it will mean selling it within some kind of other external packaging, completely negating its “packaging free” mission. Ooho is still definitely a cool idea, and could certainly become a staple of large scale outdoor events, and even sports venues, but the second you see someone claiming that tiny edible water balloons are going to replace your bottle, it’s probably a good idea to ignore everything they’re saying. The container holds water in a double membrane using “spherification,” the technique of shaping liquids into spheres first pioneered in labs in 1946 and more recently popularized by chefs at elBulli in Spain. It works a little like an egg yolk, which also holds its shape using a thin membrane.
Reviews from Skipping Rocks Lab :
What is Ooho? :
It is 100% made of Plants & Seaweed.
Biodegradable in 4-6 weeks, just like a piece of fruit.
Edible, can be flavoured and coloured.
Fresh (shelf life of a few days).
5x less CO₂, 9x less Energy vs PET.
Cheaper than plastic.
Their goal :
To create waste-free alternatives to plastic bottles / cups / plates / you name it.
Their vision :
To become the leading global producer of seaweed-based packaging.
Their impact :
To stop 1 billion plastic bottles reaching the ocean every year & to stop 300 million kg of CO2 from ever being emitted.
Reference and Courtesy: Ooho: Skipping rocks lab