Plastic water bottles are polluting our environment, one water bottle at a time. So is there a clever solution that can end this plastic nightmare? At the moment, about 36 billion plastic bottles are consumed each year and that number is growing at 4 per cent every year. Could Ooho, the edible water packaging be the solution?

Which means that producing a 1L PET bottle consumes up to 7L of water, 200g of crude oil, and will generate 30g of waste. Not that the first thing we think of when we’re thirsty! Ooho, the newest product which encapsulates water and juices in flexible, fully biodegradable bite-sized packets, has recently become the newest craze! The Skipping Rocks Lab, a sustainable packaging start-up, has aimed to provide sustainable packaging as an alternative to plastic packaging and they have turned to using natural materials extracted from seaweed to create materials with low environmental impact.

Ooho edible water packaging

Photo: Pierre-Yves Paslier via Skipping Rocks Lab

Why is the need for the sustainable packaging urgent? Unfortunately, water bottles are not biodegradable, meaning that it takes about 1,000 years for each bottle to decompose, thus leaking pollutants into the our environment and also the marine environment and even enters our food chain through consumption by fish. More than 30% of these bottles are 500mL or less, representing a considerable amount of waste for drinking on the go (5 min use on average).

Ooho edible water packaging

Photo: Pierre-Yves Paslier via Skipping Rocks Lab

Ooho is a sustainable disposable alternative to plastic bottles water on the market (100% made of seaweed and plants, so they biodegrade in just 4-6 weeks). It’s natural and so it’s edible! Another plus is that it requires significantly less CO2 and energy to produce an Ooho than an equivalent PET plastic bottle or cup, making Ooho an environmentally-friendly disposable solution to drink on the go.

The London-based Skipping Rock will be selling the flavoured waters & health shots at shops, festivals and running events this summer.

Ooho edible water

Photo: Lise Honesinger via Skipping Rocks Lab

Read More About Ooho on their website

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