Edible Water Blobs: Ooho Biodegradable and Edible

Despite serious laws and efforts by environmentalists to encourage the use of alternatives. Consumers still have been reluctant to give up single-use plastic water bottles. This grave issue is leading engineers to work more on sustainability.

If we talk about Pakistan, according to the recent news on The News “Pakistan will become 128th country to ban the use of plastic bags on 14th” and that is the good initiative though.

But how we are going to introduce more alternatives to our people? There is the need to aware our people about latest technologies, so we can think more about it.

Enter Rodrigo García González, Pierre Paslier and Guillaume Couche, co-founders of London-based startup Skipping Rocks Lab. For the past few years, these innovators have been working on an interesting solution to this dilemma: water enclosed inside an edible blob. This is completely biodegradable and edible water blob a kind of future portable water.

“It’s really simple because it’s a membrane, and membranes are the technology that nature uses to encapsulate things using the minimum amount of material,” explained Gonzalez in a talk at the Design Indaba conference in January.

In April, over 30,000 edible drinks blob were handed out to runners at the London Marathon, in a bid to reduce plastic waste.

What is this blob made of?

This product Ooho orb apparently consists of jelly-like membrane cover made of algae and calcium chloride. This squishy and strong ampule decomposes after 4 to 6 weeks if not used up. The inventors say this product packaging is cheaper than plastic, costing less than 2 cents to produce. The most interesting thing is you can put anything in this membrane.

What are the drawbacks?

Unfortunately, there are still a few problems that need to be resolved before the Ooho can completely conquest over plastic bottles. One of the biggest challenges is apparently Transportation.  Because of its short life, it is not an ideal choice to store it in the same way as bottles.

But still, we hope one day the inventors will be able to overcome this drawback too.



Electronic Engineer