Wow! What a brilliant idea to pack water: drinking water enveloped a gelatin-like membrane. That’s all. To do this, the cover is still edible. If the designers from London continue working something else, there are soon maybe no plastic bottles.
“Ooho” call their unconventional “water bottle” Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez and his two colleagues Guillaume Couche and Pierre Paslier “Rocks Lab”. Made they have this spherical membrane of calcium chloride and a seaweed byproduct called sodium alginate. By the surface tension is a single drop of the individual water molecules. The diaphragm is pulled over ice. The ice melts to keep an edible water balloon in hand.
Not new, but new thought to Packing Drinking Water into Gelatine Membrane
This procedure is not new, but newly designed with the use as drinking vessels: the so-called Sphärifikation is known from the molecular cuisine. So, for example, bubble tea pearls or false caviar can be produced. But nobody had thought to surround such large amounts of water.
Last summer, the tinkerers have tested a few versions of the water balls on the streets of Spain. Admitted, it takes some skill to sipping water from the soft ball. The amount is enough to quench thirst. Also, no grain left garbage. Because the diaphragm can be eaten simply. If you don’t like gelatin? Is also not bad: the to one hundred per cent biological “Ooho” is completely biodegradable.
Designers want to stem tide of plastic bottles
Not like just plastic, which is a huge problem worldwide. Mega big plastic Islands float on oceans and seas and threaten fish and bird. Recently, German researchers have discovered even plastic waste North of the Arctic circle on the surface of the sea.
At the end of the food chain, a part of the plastic waste from fish consumption ends up back in humans. Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez has recently brought the plastic bottle problem so to the point: “a single bottle takes 700 years to rot. 20 percent of the bottles are recycled on average. “But that takes a lot of energy,” he said at the think tank “Solve for X”. To be 7 l of water and 120 cl oil necessary for the production of a single bottle of water.
As the water balls to carry?
To clean the water balls actually to supermarket shelves, however some problems must be solved: how will you make sure that bursts the diaphragm in the hand? What is the transport and dirt?
Definitely impressed this idea for a water ball everywhere and everyone: from the EU, the researchers for their development got a prestigious prize of $22,500 awarded. Theoretically can be “Ooho” even in your own kitchen at least as a fun activity. The ingredients for the edible water balls deliver some YouTube videos.