Edible Water Bottle – Ooho
You heard me! It’s edible. This is possible through a scientific method called ‘Spherification’ which was invented and was in use in the labs during 1940’s. Spherification is basically a culinary process of shaping liquid into spheres. And after close to seven decades, this process has been shoveled by chefs in Spain. Do you know the name of these spheres? It’s called ‘Ooho’.
Now you may expect your portable water to come in an edible, blob form. Yes it’s just like a drop, but a little bigger drop. This has been developed and brought to use by postgraduate students of the Royal College of Art and the Imperial College of London. What they’ve created is a cheap edible and biodegradable overlay made of natural ingredients that are Calcium and Brown Algae. The whole concept is to avoid plastic usage. This concept challenges the way we follow to carry and consume water.
Each of these blobs can contain approximately 40 ml water and that is equivalent to a sip. The whole experience of having water through these sachets could be strange initially. There are two ways. The user may bite the blob and suck out the water in it or they may actually swallow it all together. That tissue is totally edible. You may actually define the shape of the sachet too. But ideally the sphere will be round in shape.
Hopefully Ooho could bring the extensive solution for the biggest problem the mankind has generated today. Since Waste plastic bottles and cups are a major source of litter, the R&D department feels that Ooho should be able to decrease the level of Plastic consumption noticeably.
Ooho is currently being developed under ‘Creative Commons License’ as everyone should be able to make it at home. It is a cheap, edible and fully biodegradable packaging design for drinks. We already have wafers, edible spoons and cups that are saving the plastic use and even fun to consume food with. If the research goes well and we get Ooho into market, we will move a little more close to the plastic-litter free world.
Ooho was the winner of the 2014 Lexus Design Award and even got nominated for 2015’s “Design to Improve Life” competition.
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