In 2013, Skipping Rocks Lab start up created Ooho an edible water “bottle”. Ooho’s peelable membrane comprises algae (brown seaweed) mixed with calcium and water. It can hold any kind of liquid. In addition, this membrane containing edible water is compostable and biodegrades in 4 to 6 weeks.
Algae is one of nature’s renewable resources that actively contributes to de-acidifying the oceans. During photosynthesis, algae consume carbon dioxide absorbed by seawater. This helps to regulate the pH of the seawater.
Skipping Rocks Lab rebranded as Notpla in 2019. Notpla creates various useful sustainable and biodegradable alternatives to plastic. Applications for these products include alcoholic shots for festivals. Water and energy drinks distributed to London marathon participants. Furthermore, Notpla has been used to package sachets of condiment by takeaway shops.
We look forward to seeing this material replacing plastic film, bags and the lining of takeaway food containers.