Could Plastic Water Bottles Be A Thing Of The Past?
The marketing video for Ooho edible water bubbles might seem a bit cheesy, but you get the point. You want to hold the squishy spheres. You want to bite into them. They look like a shit load of fun and a great way to avoid buying plastic water bottles that degrade the environment. Shit, imagine never having to worry about trash at festivals or events or during camping trips. I’m sold.
According to CNET–
Ooho comes from UK sustainable-packaging startup Skipping Rocks Lab. The Ooho bubble is made from seaweed and is edible and biodegradeable. You tear a hole in the surface and slurp the insides out or just pop it in your mouth, which looks way more entertaining than unscrewing the cap from a plastic bottle.
Current alternatives to plastic water bottles include reusable water bottles and boxed water sold in a milk-carton-like container. Skipping Rocks Lab says its unusual packaging costs less than plastic and can be used for other beverages besides water, including soft drinks and liquor. If you thought Jell-O shots were cool, just wait until you get springy margarita bubbles.
Ooho has been in development for years and has already been on sale at special events. The investment move is aimed at bringing the product to a wider audience, first through direct-to-consumer sales at music festivals and marathons, and later “as an ingredient brand selling sustainable packaging materials and associated manufacturing tools to retailers.”
As with any crowdfunding project, there’s an element of risk, as not all projects deliver on their promises.
Skipping Rocks has the ambitious goal of making plastic water bottles and the waste they generate obsolete. The startup is able to create the Ooho balls in different sizes, but they remain small so each can be consumed in one go. It will be interesting to see if Ooho takes off and consumers are willing to put aside the convenience of their larger plastic bottles in exchange for something more eco-friendly.