It looks like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, a spherical blob of water that's hygienic, portable and even edible! But it's not as strange as you think and watchers of new-age cooking shows might recognise the molecular gastronomy of turning liquids into spheres. And it's designers hope it could this be the answer to the exorbitant plastic water bottle waste problem.
Developed by London-based designers Rodrigo García Gonzalez, Pierre Pasalier, and Guillaume Couche the container works like a egg-yolk, utilising a thin double membrane to hold it's shape. Made from a biodegradable seaweed- and calcium chloride-based the membrane is safe for human consumption, biodegradable and only costs 2 cents to make!
The designers say it is a vastly more environmentally friendly than plastic bottles and cheaper to produce. The invention, called Ooho! comes in response to the excessive consumerism of plastic bottles with over 50 billion used in the United States alone last year the majority of which ends up in landfill and waterways. "The reality is that more and more, when we drink water we throw away a plastic bottle," designer García says, "Eighty percent of them are not recycled. This consumerism reflects the society in which we live."
The Ooho! won product also won the Lexus Design Award last year and has received a signficant sustainability grant from the European Union to begin production on a large scale. It seems a legitimate answer to a major environmental problem is closer than we thought!