Edible Water Bottles! by Maria Dorfner

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Check out this hot way to keep cool and hydrated.  It may feel weird at first, but so did social media.
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Water bottles you eat can revolutionize how you hydrate. 50 billion water bottles are used each year. Only 23% are recycled.

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That’s just in America.  These biodegradable water bottles look like little breast implants or blobs. Not my nails, btw.
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I haven’t tested them. Looks like they could be messy if you’re wearing a silk shirt, but they look small enough not to splatter.
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And they’re good for the environment.  Ooho recently received a $22,500 sustainability award from the EU.
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Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez and Pierre Paslier from Skipping Rocks Lab in London created them.

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They took a frozen ball of water, then encapsulated it in layers of a membrane made of calcium chloride, and brown algae.

 

Imagine drinking water without a plastic bottle to cart around or toss away.

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The manufacturer is now trying to figure out ho make the outer membrane re-sealable.

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These could make a splash when you’re at the gym or hiking, at the beach, in a car –or anywhere when you’re on the go.

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They may even come in different colors and flavors. The plastic industry should be a little nervous right now.

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It could be Bye-Bye to needing to carry water bottles in the future.

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I still have a few questions:

1.  How many water blobs equal 9 fl. oz.?
2.  Can these water blobs break in your purse or pocket?
3.  Can these water blobs unintentionally heat up and be dangerous or is that only a worry with plastic?

4.  How many water blobs does a healthy active person need per day?

5.  When and where will they be available to consumers?

6.  Or will the huge plastics industry squash their ability to come to market?

7.  What is the anticipated price for consumers?

If anyone has answers to these questions, please comment or message me at maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

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Meanwhile, congratulations to the creators. I think it’s a hot health discovery!

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Special thanks to Ellen Canderozzi, a friend from grade school, who reminded about this biodegradable water on Facebook.

Stay hydrated!  Stay healthy!  🙂
Maria

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For more visit http://www.Smithsonian.com

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