The Edible Glass
A bottle of water could save the world. At a time when everyone is talking about global warming, staggering levels of pollution and enormous floating islands of plastic in the middle of the oceans, rethinking the packaging of a consumer product like drinking water is not something of marginal importance. Ooho is a gelatinous spherical container made from brown seaweed using a technique known as “spherification”. After winning a series of awards, the group of Spanish designers that came up with the idea – Rodrigo García González, Guillaume Couche and Pierre Paslier – set up a company-laboratory in which to work with chemists and pharmacists on developing a perfect formula that would prevent the substances of the membrane from entering the water inside it. The formula for the bubble of water was then shared with an online tutor (https://vimeo. com/106488023) so that anyone who wished could experiment with it at home. The operation has been a great success: so far the video has been viewed more than 6 million times.