Plastic water bottles are a terrible source of pollution around the world, which is why we need to look for sustainable methods for water consumption. Here at EarthCapades, we are working to educate the world through school assembly sponsorships and EarthCapades videos, and one common topic that we discuss is the use of plastic, disposable water bottles.
Many people have started making a change by using a metal or glass water bottle instead of disposable bottles, which is a great way to help protect our environment. Some people use disposable water bottles and recycle the plastic, but the truth is that eighty percent of disposable water bottles end up in a landfill or polluting the earth in a different location… they never make it to the recycling plant! People might have the right intention to help the environment by recycling, but they don’t follow through with their good intentions.
New Solution: Plastic-free Water Bottles
We were excited to hear about another solution that has been invented, which can help to prevent water bottles in the landfills: a water bottle that people can eat. Yes, it sounds a little strange… but design students based in London have actually discovered a water container that is cheap, biodegradable, hygienic, and edible.
The name for the water containers is Ooho. They are still working through a few details, such as how the water package can be kept clean before you drink from it. Another problem is a little bit of water might drip on your face and the surface below your hand, but a few drops of water is a worthy sacrifice to know that you are keeping plastic water bottles out of the landfill, right?
How These Water “Bottles” Work
The container doesn’t look like a bottle, instead it is a pouch of water with a double membrane that holds the water in. The technique is known as “spherification,” and is similar to the way an egg yolk works to hold the shape of the liquid.
A gel forms around the water, made from a compound of calcium chloride and brown algae. Because a double membrane is used, it is possible to keep the water hygienic, and even put a label between the two layers without the need for adhesive to make the label stick.
In order to create these water packages, the water is frozen into ice which allows the membrane to be created around the ice and keep the ingredients out of the water.
Do you use plastic water bottles? Would you be willing to make the change to these water bottles without plastic instead? Tell us in the comments, we want to hear your thoughts!