Edible water bottle
Ever heard of the "Ooho"? A wonderful invention inspired by techniques from molecular gastronomy which allows you to drink packaged water, without the plastic of a bottle. It’s some kind of a blob that can be either eaten or drank. The container holds water in a double membrane using “spherification,” the technique of shaping liquids into spheres. Apperently it can be compared to an egg yolk, which holds its shape using a thin membrane. A compound made from brown algae and calcium chloride creates a gel around the water. “The double membrane protects the inside hygienically, and makes it possible to put labels between the two layers without any adhesive.”
It looks very cool, but you might be wondering why you would choose this edible bottle over a normal disposable plastic bottle or just drinking from the tap. The reality is that 80% of all plastic bottles get thrown away after drinking. In the US only, 50 billion plastic disposable water bottles are used per year and less than 25% of this will ever get recycled. So this edible water bottle that you can simply eat might be a solution for people who would normally throw a plastic bottle away, because they don’t want to be stuck carrying around after drinking.
Also it’s very cheap. Most costs for water manufacturers, come from the bottle. By redesigning the bottle, costs can be reduced. The Ooho can be made for only two cents.
Unfortunately, it’s not all positive. The Ooho is actually also facing some challenges like the question how to keep the package clean before drinking/ eating from it. Furthermore we remain with another small issue: You’re going to get some water on your face, clothes, and the table. That’s the sacrifice you make for getting rid of water bottles from your life and it’s still unknown if people are prepared to make that sacrifice. However, some solutions to these challenges might be developed sooner than we expect.
Could this be the future of the water bottle?