From simple bamboo toothbrushes to high-end green technologies, there’s an array of things being explored every day towards a common goal of sustainability. Considering plastic to be one of the major issues, environmentalists and scientists have been constantly coming up with innovative ideas to combat this issue.
Inspired by the video on edible water bubbles, that went viral on social media, Richard and Nithya from the Workbench Projects have started to explore the possibilities of the same. Ooho, the edible water bubble was developed by Skipping Rock Lab, a packaging startup based in London. It is made from a seaweed extract and calcium chloride, it is like a small squishy blob of water which can be directly popped into the mouth. The chemicals used form a thin gel-like layer which holds the water within, to form the edible bubbles. These chemicals are safe for human consumption and are used in minimal quantities.
“We initially started off by preparing these water bubbles for experimenting the taste and just a curious trial. We started to experiment on a regular basis with different food ingredients. When it was brought to a small crowd, during a zero waste meet up at our space, they liked the idea and began asking the method to make it. That is when we thought of building a machine to produce this”, says Richard, Management & Biotech head, Workbench projects.
Currently, they are in the process of building a machine and they have planned to set it up during public events or public spaces like the metro stations and bus stations. These water bubbles are completely biodegradable. Although they are thrown on the roads, they decay within a couple of days, thereby reducing the waste management problems as well as causing no infections or diseases.
“We have even tried making biodegradable soap and sanitizer bubbles, using the same method which has been successful. Even if people don’t like the idea of eating the water bubbles, we believe at least the soaps at restaurants or resorts in the form of small bubble packets would avoid at least one kind of waste produced”, said Nithya, Biotech intern.
Hopefully, the plastics contributing to damage would soon go onto to be replaced by such innovative inventions and machines.