- Publish Date
- Friday, 25 September 2015, 2:53PM
How environmentally friendly would this be? An edible alternative to plastic drink bottles!
That is what designer Pierre Paslier has brought to the table at the latest UK round of a competition for new, more sustainable products. The product is called an Ooho, and Paslier described it like a “man-made fruit”, which uses a double membrane to contain water.
He told the Guardian: “At the end of the day you don’t have to eat it. But the edible part shows how natural it is. People are really enthusiastic about the fact that you can create a material for packaging matter that is so harmless that you can eat it.” He also said “So many things are wrong about plastic bottles: the time they take to decompose, the amount of energy that goes into making them and the fact we are using more and more.”
The product comes in spherical packaging and is “water you can eat”. It’s biodegradable, hygienic and costs 1p per unit to make. The base of the product is calcium chloride and a seaweed derivative called sodium alginate.
Ooho won the joint award with Alchemie Technologie, who created a digital way of dispensing dye for the textile industry.