Ed­i­ble Wa­ter Bot­tles

They sets the stage for a plas­tic-free world!

Woman's Era - - Short Story - By Sripriya Satish

Get ready for a rev­o­lu­tion­ary change in the way we con­sume wa­ter! Con­fused? Let me ex­plain! Here comes an ed­i­ble wa­ter bot­tle which can go a long way in mak­ing this beau­ti­ful world of ours into a plas­tic-free one. This biodegrad­able wa­ter bot­tle namely ‘Ooho’ is the best al­ter­na­tive to the plas­tic con­tain­ers.

Be­fore go­ing into the crux of the ar­ti­cle, let me put forth some of the facts re­gard­ing the haz­ards of plas­tic to this planet so that we can ap­pre­ci­ate this wa­ter bot­tle even more, which can be eaten and has al­most no toxic ef­fects. ✿ De­spite be­ing clas­si­fied as haz­ardous waste, about 280 mil­lion tons of plas­tic are pro­duced ev­ery year. ✿ The waste prod­ucts of the pro­duc­tion of plas­tic in­clude harm­ful chem­i­cals that are car­cino­genic, neu­ro­toxic and hor­mone-dis­rup­tive which gets mixed with wa­ter, land and air, thus caus­ing them to get ex­tremely pol­luted. ✿ It is very dif­fi­cult for the plas­tic to get de­graded into the soil. For this it may take about 500-1000 years. ✿ Plas­tic wastes do not even spare the aquatic species. More and more of them have been doc­u­mented with plas­tic in and around their bod­ies. Poor in­no­cent crea­tures! ✿ About one mil­lion sea birds and a hun­dred thou­sand marine an­i­mals are the di­rect tar­get of this haz­ardous waste ev­ery year.

The above-listed statis­tics may sound hor­ri­fy­ing but are we tak­ing the nec­es­sary steps to curb this plas­tic pol­lu­tion? The ed­i­ble wa­ter bot­tles may be a one-stop so­lu­tion to put an end to this ever-in­creas­ing plas­tic men­ace. Come on, read­ers, let us have a quick look at how wa­ter can be eaten and not sipped or guz­zled down.

What is Ooho? Shaped into a bub­ble, Ooho is de­signed and founded by Skip­ping Rocks lab. A biodegrad­able mem­brane which is made of nat­u­ral sea­weed ex­tracts sur­rounds drink­ing wa­ter. This outer mem­brane en­cir­cling the wa­ter can be safely con­sumed if one wishes to. Oth­er­wise one has the op­tion to throw away the outer cov­er­ing which biode­grades in just four to six weeks. Com­pare this with that of plas­tic which can take years to­gether to biode­grade!

Now, let us have a look at the pros and cons of this amaz­ing in­ven­tion: Pros ✿ This bub­ble en­cap­su­lat­ing the wa­ter can be pro­duced at a lower price as com­pared to its plas­tic coun­ter­part. In other words it is more eco­nom­i­cal. ✿ Ooho is en­vi­ron­men­tal-friendly as al­ready men­tioned, by notic­ing the rate at which it de­grades and the way it avoids land­fills. ✿ This ed­i­ble pack­ag­ing can eas­ily seal other liq­uids like juices and soft drinks. Thus, it is not only meant for en­cap­su­lat­ing drink­ing wa­ter. ✿ The best part of Ooho is that it can be made at home. ✿ As the mem­brane is taste­less, it can suit any­one. ✿ As the mem­brane is trans­par­ent, the clean­li­ness of the wa­ter to be con­sumed can eas­ily be judged. ✿ Since the en­cap­su­lat­ing mem­brane can al­ways be con­sumed, there is no need to look for dust­bins and it can thus be car­ried on the go any­where on this planet and – who knows? – maybe into space as well!

Just like ev­ery in­ven­tion has its own dis­ad­van­tages, this ed­i­ble wa­ter bot­tle is no ex­cep­tion. Let us see some of its cons.

Cons ✿ The mem­brane be­ing del­i­cate makes it less portable. Chances are that, due to rough han­dling the outer cov­er­ing might get rup­tured. ✿ One blob might not be able to quench the thirst of an in­di­vid­ual as it pro­vides only a sin­gle gulp of wa­ter to the end user. ✿ The mem­brane be­ing unique in tex­ture gets a while for a per­son to get used to it. ✿ Once the mem­brane gets rup­tured it can­not be sealed back and thus lead­ing to wa­ter wastage if not con­sumed.

Skip­ping Rocks Lab has planned to in­tro­duce this wa­ter blob in marathon races and other ma­jor events. It has not yet been in­tro­duced in con­sumer mar­kets. All said and done, this is a re­mark­able achieve­ment by the sci­en­tists to ward off the pro­duc­tion and con­sump­tion of the plas­tics which are highly poi­sonous to our dear planet. This in­ven­tion is un­doubt­edly tak­ing us one step for­ward to a pol­lu­tion-free en­vi­ron­ment and is set­ting a won­der­ful stage to a plas­tic-free world.

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