Have you ever thought of eating a bottle rather than discarding it? It’s no secret that plastic water bottles are causing harm to the environment. What if we can replace these bottles with something more environment-friendly? An innovative water bubble called Ooho! designed by the London-based Skipping Rocks Lab maybe an answer to the question. Ooho is the brainchild of Rodrigo Garcia Gonzale, Guillaume Couche and Pierre Paslier, the co-founders of Skipping Rocks Lab.
The concept behind Ooho!
Ooho is a gelatinous double membrane sphere and a new way of packaging that propose an alternative to the plastic bottle. The encapsulation of water in a double gelatinous membrane involves the usage of a culinary technique of spherification. Furthermore “Ooho!” apply an evolve version of the spherification to one of the most basic and essential elements for life, the water. Dropping ice into separate solutions of sodium alginate from the brown algae and either calcium chloride or calcium gluconate lactate makes up the membrane.
Sodium alginate (NaAlg) coagulates when exposed to calcium chloride (CaCl2) and forms calcium alginate (CaAlg2 ) and sodium chloride (NaCl), according to the following reaction:
2NaAlg + CaCl2 –> CaAlg2 + 2NaCl
Read more about, Alginate
When the membrane solidifies and the water melts, a portable, eco-friendly serving of packaged water remains. Hence a final package of simple, cheap (2ct/unit), resistant, hygienic, biodegradable and even eatable blob is obtained.Finally,when you’re ready to hydrate, you simply pierce the membrane and slurp away.
Skipping Rocks Lab was awarded :
- World Technology Award (environment) held in association with Fortune and TIME.
- Received a sizable sustainability grant from the European Union to introduce its novel concept on a large scale.
- And also Lexus Design Award
The aim of the Skipping Rocks Lab is to provide the convenience of plastic bottles while limiting the environmental impact.
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