Ooho-The Edible Water Bottle

Overview of Plastic

 In the ancient times, wood and clay pot were used to store water at home. After the invention of plastic in 1907, the life of people became easier and comfortable because plastics are cheap and can be used everywhere. Look at the material you are using, how many things do you see are made up of plastic? I think you feel bored to count because plastic is found everywhere. But, millions kilogram of plastic is dumped into the ocean which ultimately kills the ocean species as well as endangered life. Here, we are going to discuss about Ooho (The Edible Water Bottle) and why it is necessary to replace plastic bottles with it.

What is OOho?

Ooho is an edible water bottle that consists of a transparent layer. When you were a kid, you must have played with a magic ball that becomes flexible after absorbing water. Just like a magic ball, Ooho is also flexible and bubbles like structure that contains water or other liquid inside it. It was created by a group of design students in London in 2014. After that, a company was founded named “Skipping Rocks Lab” which is working to make more environment-friendly materials to replace plastic bottles.

Fig.: Ooho in hand

Chemical composition/formula of Ooho

However, Ooho is a double membrane sphere made up of Calcium salt and sodium alginate. Basically, alginate is sodium, calcium, and magnesium salt of alginic acid ((C6H8O6)n) which is mainly obtained from brown algae. Alginate is used in women dressing, tissue engineering as well as biomedical application. Calcium alginate (CaAlg2) and sodium chloride (NaCl) are formed when sodium alginate (NaAlg) and calcium chloride (CaCl2) react to each other. This formed calcium alginate (CaAlg2) is used in the formation of ooho which is shown in given reaction:

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2NaAlg + CaCl ——>  CaAlg2 + 2NaCl

Can we eat Ooho directly?

Yes, we can directly eat Ooho. Ooho is a bio-degradable substance, so that, there is no doubt that we can eat it. I think you know about bio-degradable substances that decay in the land within a short period of time and do not harm the environment. You can use your favorite juices and drinks along with water inside it. If you do not like Ooho, you can simply throw it into a dustbin.

Fig.: Ooho eating
Fig.: Juices inside Ooho

Advantages/benefits of Ooho over plastic bottles

In comparison with the plastic bottle, Ooho has many advantages. Plastic is non-biodegradable and won’t decay in the land. On one hand, this decreases the fertility of the soil. On the other hand, Ooho does not affect the fertility of the soil and decomposes quickly. So, Ooho has been boon for the environment. Besides, Ooho also produces less amount of Carbon dioxide than that of plastic bottles when they are burnt.

How much it cost Ooho bubble?

Ooho is much cheaper than that of plastic bottles. The cost of a plastic bottle is above 10 cents ($ 0.1) and more than that according to their size, color, company, and such other factors. But, the cost of Ooho is only 2 cents ($ 0.02). This “Skipping Lab” has already won many awards such as Lexus Design Award 2014, SEA Award 2015, and UK Energy Globe Award 2016. The creators of Ooho (Garcia Gonzalez, Pierre Paslier, and Guillaume Couche) are working together in the manufacturing process to bring it into the market. After that, we will be able to take its benefits.

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Conclusion

On the whole, I’ve compared the Ooho and the plastic bottle as you know after reading this article. We should promote the Ooho and encourage its creators. If we could invent something that can replace other products of plastic just like Ooho replaced the plastic bottles, then we could end up saving a lot of aquatic and terrestrial lives. I insist all of the readers to stand against the harmful effect of plastic.

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