Pioneering Science behind new plastic packaging alternative – Ooho

  Skipping Rocks Lab

Based in London this innovative start up is using the natural material of seaweed to produce an alternative to the 36 billion plastic bottles that are consumed every year globally – a number which is growing annually by 4%.

Skipping Rocks Lab have developed a fully biodegradable (within weeks) packet that has uses such as  water, sauce sachets and juices. The team behind Ooho – the revolutionary edible liquid orb – are made up of the co-founders Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, Pierre Paslier and Lise Honsinger – an Innovation Designer, Packaging Engineer and Business Development professional.  Based out of Imperial College London the team are supported by Business Advisors and Chemical Engineers.

Check out this video which shows this amazing product in use Ooho

Seed Funded

During 2018 the team at Skipping Rocks Lab have successfully raised £850k through Crowdcube which will enable them to move this innovative product to the next level.  The seed money is being used to develop a machine that will produce the Oohos automatically.  This has massive opportunity for retailers to package their own water, soft drinks and other sachet based products on site.  Skipping Rocks will lease the machines to retailers.  Early possible adopters are Selfridges, Just Eat and Virgin Sport who earlier this year trialled the product in stores and retail outlets. They also intend to sell their own water and other soft drinks.

Why?

We cannot continue at the present rate of plastic bottle consumption.  To produce a 1 litre PET plastic bottle 200g of crude oil is used, 30g of waste is generated and 7 litres of water are used in its production.  We drink the contents and then dispose – single use at its absolute worst.

We all know that having a re-usable water bottle is better than a single use one, but sometimes we may leave it at home or there are other instances such as during a marathon or other sporting event where carrying a re-usable water bottle just isn’t practical.  Skipping Rocks have trialled the product at festivals and other sporting events.  150 ml is the largest size at this time.  But they are working on a further prototype that may be bigger.

It would be lovely to think that plastic water bottles will soon be a thing of the past – watch this space!

All information credit of Skipping Rocks Lab.

 

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