Can Eating Your Water Bottle Solve Drinking Container Waste?

What’s one solution to the growing problem of plastic water bottle waste? A trio of Spanish design students think they have the answer, and it involves creating a “water bottle” that you can eat, reports Co.Exist.

Designers Rodrigo García González, Guillaume Couche and Pierre Paslier call their creation “Ooho,” a gelatinous blob that is actually a membrane that encapsulates water like a bladder. When you’re thirsty, just puncture the membrane and drink. Or, if you also have an appetite, just pop a bite-sized Ooho in your mouth and chomp down for a burst of hydration. The gooey membrane, made from brown algae and calcium chloride, is edible, hygienic and biodegradable.

The Ooho globule is formed through a process called “spherification,” a methodology first pioneered in 1946 and still utilized by some chefs in modern cuisine. Water is frozen into ice before being encapsulated to ease the process and prevent the water from mixing with the membrane ingredients. The bag-like containers are also incredibly cheap — each one costs just 2 cents to make, and they could even be concocted at home.

“Anyone can make them in their kitchen, modifying and innovating the recipe,” said co-designer García. “It’s not DIY but CIY — cook it yourself.”

Similar products have already made it to the market; an edible food delivery system called WikiPearl is available at select Whole Foods markets. Ooho is the first such container designed specifically for replacing water bottles, however.

One immediate use for the Ooho water containers could be for running sports events. Runners often hydrate by grabbing paper cups from spectators as they run, creating a lot of trash. Ooho offers an waste-free alternative; it could even be infused with electrolytes to give competitors an athletic edge.

The design was a winner of the second annual Lexus Design Award and will also be featured during Milan Design Week. You can view users testing out the Ooho water containers in the following video by Fast Company:

Photo: Rodrigo García González, Guillaume Couche and Pierre Paslier/Ooho
article by Bryan Nelson

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Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Warren Webber
Warren Webber3 years ago

Live long & prosper

Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson3 years ago

Interesting, very interesting...

Myself, I will carry the same 32 ounce refillable thermal jug on my crocheted carrier and refill it as needed.

One questions, what if you don't drink it all at once? Would it melt and make a gooey mess? Then you have wasted the water too.

For those who say; why do we need to drink bottled water? Obviously, you have never drank tap water in Warrensburg, Missouri. It's a college town so no one would notice if you belong or not. I'll drink it boiled and made into tea but not unboiled or from the tap.

Jan N.
Jan N4 years ago

Drink tap water. Or buy a water filter and a reusable bottle and be done with it. People who pay for water in throw-away bottles are idiots.

Barb Hansen
Ba H4 years ago

ingenious, i think...

Warren Webber
Warren Webber4 years ago

Live long & prosper!

Melania Padilla
Melania P4 years ago

Exactly, this is the kind of idea we need. Also, it´d be awesome if shampoos and stuff like that expired in the same date as the product itself and started to bio-degrade :)

Alexandra G.
Alexandra G4 years ago

very good idea ::))

Val M.
Val M4 years ago

Interesting idea.

Manuela C.
Manuela C4 years ago