Ooho! The Water Bubble that Sets to Replace Plastic Bottles
As we all know, plastic bottles are a major source of pollution today and take hundreds of years to decompose. While reusable bottles are one way to reduce this global issue, they can only go so far: eventually, you will have to throw them out too.
Enter Ooho, an edible water bubble that aims to eliminate plastic bottles. Ooho is the brainchild of the trio - Rodrigo García González, Pierre Paslier, and Guillaume Couche - from Skipping Rocks Lab at Imperial College London where they have been working on and perfecting the product since 2014.
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, forming 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. Each sphere contains a gulp of water. Drinking water has never been as fun before. Popping up an Ooho sphere will not only quench your thirst but the sudden burst and splatter of water from the membrane will provide a refreshing experience. In addition to making drinking water fun and saving our environment, the biodegradable packing costs only 2 cents to manufacture making it so much cheaper than manufacturing plastic. Furthermore, the membrane can be colored and flavored and can store liquids other than water.
Every year in the United States alone, 35 billion units of bottled water are sold, out of which 80% end up in the landfills. Making Ooho a mainstream product would require mammoth efforts and initiative but if this innovative product can reduce that number by merely 1%, we are looking at a reduction of 3.5 million units and who knows maybe eventually eliminate plastic all together.
And… That’s It!