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Bring edible water/drinks to the Market

forget the traditional plastic bottles, water or most of the consumable drinks can now be stored without a physical container

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Water is a basic necessity, we require a daily intake of 3-5 liters. Almost in every country water is sold in plastic bottles, which are terrible for the environment. yet, only few of us re-use the same bottle for days. what if we do not need to sell water in plastic containers ? instead it can be sold in an edible gel type globe. 

I came across this innovation a few months back when i was randomly watching some tech videos. The pioneer of this idea are a group of engineers from Skipping Rocks Lab. Water is stored in the globe and the outer shell of the sphere/globe is made from an algae which is edible and hence biodegradable. The water can be consumed either by tearing a hole in the sachet or eating the sachet itself.

The basic chemistry of the package:

The main ingredients of this membrane are 1. Sodium Alginate, usually derived from seaweed and 2. calcium chloride. There are several DIY videos on YouTube through which you can create these spheres yourself. however,  the team from Skipping Rocks Lab uses a tweaked version of these technology to create tougher larger sphere.


How does this research relate to our Use Cases?

The solution is related to Case 3, since it is a innovative way to contain water. the product is biodegradable and edible. it has the potential to minimize plastic usage through water bottles to a large extent.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

Although many videos online can help you create this product, however isn't it more easier to buy a permanent bottle, fill it and always carry it? But, only a few people do it and again if you forget your bottles you buy a new one, contributing to plastic pollution. So, commercializing this technology and selling it in the market (with a social message) is the right step to minimize plastic.

Tell us about yourself

I have a background in engineering, my bachelor's degree is chemical engineering and at present i am pursuing an MBA in Sydney. Always keen to learn about topics related to 'how engineering and technology can solve future problems'.

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Photo of Kate Rushton

Hi Afzal vohra !

It is great to have you in the challenge. I hope you are also around for the ideas phase in just over one week.

Have you seen the post Gotta Eat Them All by Paricha Duangtaweesub ? It might give you a few more ideas on edible packaging that could inspire some great designs for the ideas phase.

Photo of Afzal vohra

Hi kate yes i did have a look and i have also a new idea about changing the process in which we consume water in plastic bottles from retail shops.

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