Plastic waste is decimating our planet’s oceans at an alarming rate, and not many people are fussed about potential consequences.
Despite numerous videos of sea life being tortured by castaway plastic death-traps – including turtles with straws up their noses and birds strangled by empty packets – the world continues to pump eight tonnes of plastic waste into the sea each year.
A company called Skipping Rocks Lab is attempting to curb this environmental abuse, using innovative bio-technology to create plastic-less water bottles.
To be more accurate, the company’s Ooho! water capsule is an edible ball-shaped container that can hold water, soft drinks and even alcohol.
It’s made from plant and seaweed matter, and takes five times less carbon dioxide and nine times less energy to produce than traditional PET – that’s the plastic water bottles are made from.
Best of all, the capsules are totally biodegradable, and are actually cheaper to produce than plastic.
The company has set a target of stopping 1-billion plastic bottles from reaching the ocean per year. By cutting plastic production, it could see 300-million fewer kilos of carbon dioxide poison the atmosphere, too.
While the charming bubbles aren’t being mass-produced just yet, the concept has caught the attention of some big names, earning it four major awards, including the 2014 World Technology Award.
Times are changing. You could soon be eating your drink!