Skipping Rocks Lab, London, creates an edible water ‘bubble’ from seaweed extract
Skipping Rocks Lab in London is aiming to create waste-free alternatives to plastic packaging. By reducing the amount of plastic packaging produced, the lab is aiming to ‘stop 1 billion plastic bottles reaching the ocean every year’, as well as preventing ‘300 million kg of CO2 from ever being emitted’ into the atmosphere.
That vision is becoming a reality with Skipping Rock’s revolutionary ‘edible bottle’. The Ooho! bottle is a liquid container which is completely safe to consume. Made from natural seaweed and plant extracts, the packaging can be eaten, and is completely biodegradable – taking the same amount of time to biodegrade as a piece of fruit. The membrane encapsulating the liquid can be coloured and flavoured, and can hold more than just water. Any liquid substance, from soda to alcohol to cosmetics, can be contained by Ooho!.
The pioneering new liquid packaging is cheaper to produce than plastic, is fully sustainable, and has less of an impact on the environment. Unlike plastic, Ooho is fully biodegradable, and uses 5 times less CO2 and 9 times less energy than PET plastic.
Ooho! has already provided eco-friendly and sustainable packaging for sports events, festivals and conferences across London and the US, and plans to implement the water bubble at events such as the London marathon. They are on a mission to become the leading global producer of seaweed-based packaging.