Move over raindrop cake, because we can now actually eat a raindrop. Well, almost. Impeccably in sync with Paris Hilton’s anti-plastic ad campaign for SodaStream, a team of scientists have come up with a product called “Ooho!” that may prove as a probable solution to lessen – if not diminish – the use of plastic bottles around the world.
But do we realy need to worry about the plastic waste problem? In 2010, roughly 1,000 people of every second each day opened a bottle of water in the United States, according to Peter Gleick author of the book, Bottled and Sold. And that was 7 years so, so we can only imagine what the numbers look like right now. So yes, plastic waste is a rising (pun intended) problem if we don’t want to cover the planet in plastic water bottles.
According to a story published by Seventeen, engineers from Skipping Rocks Lab created a mini globe filled with water that will replace our bottled water. Therefore anytime we’re craving a little H2O, we can soon reach for a small squishy ball of water— with what looks like the consistency of a grape — instead of a bottle.
But what is this magical water bubble made of? The spherical sachets, which are completely biodegradable obviously, are made up of seaweed extracts. And that makes them not just biodegradable but also ingestible. So you can either prick a hole in the bubble and squeeze out the water, or simply pop a blob in your mouth and refresh yourself.
“Ooho! is a sustainable packaging alternative to plastic bottles and cups, made from a seaweed extract. It is entirely biodegradable and so natural you can actually eat it. Ooho sachets are flexible packets of water, drunk by tearing a hole and pouring into your mouth, or consumed whole. Our packaging is cheaper than plastic and can encapsulate any beverage including water, soft drinks, spirits, and even cosmetics.”
The lab launched a crowdfunding page, which more than met its goal. Skipping Rock Labs will release the product at various events around London this year. Take a look at what the blob of water looks like.
So what do you think? Are these water bubbles a good way to curb the plastic waste problem? Vote below!
Feature Image: Phys.org