Use Edible Water Bottles For Less Plastic Waste!


By Cooking Panda

A new “edible water bottle” is in the works, and it’s predicted to make a big splash! Sorry for the lame pun, but it is expected to help create a solution for all of the plastic bottle waste we humans create.

Telegraph reports that the company behind the “Ooho!” water ball, Skipping Rocks Lab, was founded by three London-based design students, and the goal is to make a whole series of sustainable projects. Ooho! is the first, and it is a biodegradable, natural membrane made from seaweed extract. Doesn’t sound appetizing? It’s actually tasteless, so don’t worry about that. Flavors can, however, be added to it, so don’t be surprised if you start seeing flavored water appearing in this format.

It looks like a ball of water, really, and the outer layer can be swallowed and digested. This could likely be the future of water consumption. Isn’t it cool?

The Ooho! water product is made by dipping a block of ice in a solution of calcium chloride and brown algae (yum?), and the membrane forms around it. A layer is then peeled off to keep the exterior clean for consumption. Doesn’t sound as good as it looks, but that’s okay.

Investments for the Ooho! water are spiking, with more than 500 people investing in the product so far. Skipping Rocks Lab has raised $727,814 in crowd funding so far, and it plans to debut the water balls at events like marathons and music festivals.

If this new method of serving water catches on, it’s possible it could put a dent in the use of plastic food items altogether. According to the Skipping Rocks Lab, this new serving method can be used on things other than water. For example, they could someday become available for soda, spirits, cosmetics and more. It’s cheaper than plastic, and Skipping Rocks believes this packaging will revolutionize the on-the-go market.

In the end, the goal is “to create…waste free alternatives to plastic bottles/cups/plates/you name it.” The expected impact? To stop 1 billion plastic bottles from reaching the ocean each year, and to stop 300 million kilograms of carbon dioxide from ever being emitted. I’d say that’s a pretty worthy goal.

Sources: Telegraph, Skipping Rocks Lab / Photo Credit: Ooho!/Instagram

Tags: Ooho!, Plastic Waste, Skipping Rocks Labs, water bottles
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Nestle Wants To Bring You 100% Bio-Based Water Bottles


By Cooking Panda

Nestle often finds itself in the news for less-than-flattering reasons.

In fact, the company is consistently viewed as one of the most hated ones in the world — possibly because people tend to love to hate huge companies by default, or maybe because phrases such as “child labor,” “unethical promotion,” “mislabeling” and more often come up in discussions about the giant food and beverage company.

However, Nestle has just made the news for a more ethical and conscious reason. Apparently, the company has teamed up with industry giant Danone Waters and a California startup called Origin Materials to form the NaturALL Bottle Alliance to develop 100 percent bio-based plastic bottles.

The bottles are slated to be launched at a commercial scale and are made from 100 percent sustainable and renewable resources. Basically, because the project plans to make use of biomass feedstocks like recycled cardboard, sawdust and other renewable materials, the bottles are able to be produced without diverting resources or land from food production that would be better left for human or animal consumption.

Not bad, eh?

Frederic Jouin, the head of R&D for plastic materials at Danone, said in a press release:

“Our goal is to establish a circular economy for packaging by sourcing sustainable materials and creating a second life for all plastics… We believe it’s possible to replace traditional fossil materials with bio-based packaging materials. By teaming up and bringing together our complementary expertise and resources, the Alliance can move faster in developing 100% renewable and recyclable PET plastic at commercial scale.”

Adds John Bissell, CEO of Origin Materials: “Our breakthrough technology aims to reach 100% bio-based bottles at commercial scale. With the help of our Alliance partners, Origin Materials will be able to scale up a technology which has already been proven at the pilot level.”

Production of the first samples of the bio-based bottles is scheduled to begin in 2018, with the hopes for the process to be developed enough to produce at least 75 percent bio-based plastic bottles at commercial scale as early as in 2020.

Does this kind of news give you more faith in ginormous companies such as Nestle and Danone? Or are you still skeptical?

Source: Nestle Waters / Photo Credit: Nestle Pure Life/Instagram

Tags: bio-based, danone, nestle waters, origin materials, water bottles
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Drink Up: Studies Show Reusable Water Bottles Are As Germ-Ridden As Your Toilet Seat


By Cooking Panda

The more you know, right?


You’ve probably heard it before: We need to drink more water. Scarcely has there been a time that I’ve been sick and not told to drink up; hydrate; get in my eight glasses per day. And guess what? It’s true!

The benefits of hydration are endless; every cell, tissue, and organ in your body requires water to operate.

Do you want your body to maintain a healthy temperature? Then you better drink water. Want your joints nice and mobile instead of squeaky and fragile? Drink up. And if you want to avoid constipation, you better keep your hydration in check.

But that hasn’t stopped from sharing its new disgusting water-related findings with Metro — but beware. Don’t let what you’re about to read discourage you from keeping hydrated.

Apparently, drinking from a water bottle that has already been used is actually just as bad for you as licking your toilet would be.

Um, gross.

Researchers over at Treadmill Reviews lab-tested water bottles after each had been used by an athlete for one week. One of them — incidentally, the one with the highest number of bacteria — had more bacteria than an average toilet seat. That’s a lot of germs, folks. Additionally, researches found that 60% of those germs have the ability to make people ill.

But here’s the thing: Drinking out of reusable bottles is an environmentally friendly choice; and let’s not discount all those benefits of hydration we discussed before. More energy! Happier colons! Woohoo!

So what do we do?

First of all, choose your reusable water bottle carefully. Slide-top bottles were found to have 933,340 CFU (germs) per square cm, while straw-tops are a cleaner choice, and clock in at just 25,400 CFU per square cm.

Secondly, stainless steel bottles are healthier than plastic bottles. That means it’s worth it to invest in a permanent bottle, rather than continuously refilling that old, plastic Dasani one. It’s better for the environment too.

Lastly: wash your bottles, folks. If there is anything to be gathered from this research, it’s that clearly, water doesn’t stay clean and germ-free by virtue of being water. Make sure to give your reusable water bottle a good scrub down every day.

Now go hydrate!

Sources: Metro, Treadmill Reviews / Photo credits: Treadmill Reviews, Alamy/Metro

Tags: germs, hydration, recycle, water bottles
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