I’m sure most of you have seen this video floating around Facebook, but for those of you who haven’t, this is the future. Instead of having plastic water bottles, this Creative Commons license hopes to transition us to small bubbles that hold a mouthful of water. The bubbles are made of brown algae and calcium chloride, which is 100% edible.
The most amazing part of this creation is that Skipping Rocks Lab, the people who created this, have made it Creative Commons, so anybody can recreate it. They WANT people to improve it, and to make it a product we can all incorporate into our daily lives.
Creative Commons is a non-profit designed to expand the range of creative ideas that can be edited and shared without legal repercussions. If instead of patents, these licenses allow for anybody to use them for any reason. They still grant rights to the people who have created them, but as a whole, they allow a lot of creativity to happen.
Would I eat it? Probably not. But that’s the benefit of having it be 100% edible: you don’t have to feel bad about throwing it on the ground when you’re done. It will just melt away, leaving no trace.
Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles, but only recycled 38. Not only that, but these plastic bottles are costing Americans HUGE amounts of money. If you drank the recommended 8 glasses of water a day, in bottled water terms, that costs about $1,400 dollars. The fact is, bottled water is NO different than filtered tap water. Dasani and Aquafina are both made from purified municipal water.
Want the tap water cost with the bottled water taste? Buy a pitcher with a filter! It is economically and environmentally friendly. To be even more environmentally conscious, buy a reusable bottle, like a Nalgene, a Camelbak, or a HydroFlask. Or, if that isn’t your style and you think that you are more innovative than that, why not try Ooho!?
Would you eat it?
Would you take the time to make them in your home?
Only time will tell if this invention becomes a household necessity, but I hope it does.
Written by Ali Brehm, ESLLC 2015-2016
Bottled water facts from https://www.banthebottle.net/bottled-water-facts/