Despite the global awareness of the need to recycle over the past couple of decades, the US still discards approximately 35 billion plastic bottles annually. The obvious solution to this burgeoning plastic crisis it seems is to eliminate plastic bottles altogether.
Enter a London start-up called Skipping Rocks Lab, where Rodrigo Garcia Gonzales and co-founders Pierre Paslier and Guillaume Couche, have come up with a ground-breaking solution: the Ooho!
The Ooho! is a biodegradable water-filled bead made from brown algae and calcium chloride. Using it is as simple as puncturing the membrane, sipping the water and either eating or throwing away the casing. Should the material be thrown away, it will only take six weeks to biodegrade.
The spherical flexible packaging can also be used for other liquids including soft drinks, spirits and cosmetics.
Gonzales, who is one of the speakers joining us at the Design Indaba Conference 2019, met fellow Skipping Rocks Lab co-founders when they were all industrial design students in London. Today, their start-up is pioneering the use of natural materials that are extracted from plants and seaweed to create packaging with low environmental impact.
Ooho!, which is Skipping Rocks Lab’s pilot project, won the Lexus Design Award and the World Technology Award for environment.
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