We all know the issues of plastic and the measures taken by organisations throughout the world. Reportedly, nearly 50 billion plastic water bottles are being used every year, approximately one billion of those pollute the oceans.
Thankfully, Skipping Rocks Lab has created an ingenious solution to the world’s plastic bottle issue – edible water pods. It is made of seaweed extract and is tasteless, although flavours can be added to it.
The edible water pods can be eaten whole after peeling the outer layer of the package. The project started as the brainchild of a group of college students from the UK’s Royal College of Art and the Imperial College of London. They developed and introduced the water pods concept in 2013.
However, it may take a while before they replace the plastic bottles completely. Skipping Rocks Lab has even tried their new stuff at pop-ups in London. The packaging of the edible water pods will biodegrade in 4-6 weeks.
The seaweed membrane can hold any form of liquid and can be made in any color or flavour. The production of one bubble creates 5x less CO2 than producing a plastic bottle, and requires 9x less energy.
They can be made for just two cents. They are trying to pioneer the use of natural materials extracted from plants and seaweed, to create packaging with low environmental impact. Their tagline is “we make packaging disappear.”