It is known that plastic bottles take hundreds of years to decompose. This is very harmful to our environment. Therefore, environmentalists are trying different alternatives, such as reusable water bottles and water fountains. Although environmentalist encourage these alternatives they are not very effective. There is pollution all over the world and in the US itself there is 50 million plastic bottles annually. About eighty percent of the plastic bottles end up in landfills. With that being said there are people at the Imperial of London who have been working on an innovative solution, water bubbles. The water is encased in a container made of seaweed, making it edible.
The process of making these bubbles involves a two-step culinary process known as spherification. At first, they start with a frozen ball of water or juice and immerse it into a calcium chloride solution. That forms a gelatinous layer and the ball is then soaked in a solution made from brown algae extract. This reinforces the structure so it won’t break. The total cost for this biodegradable packaging only costs two cents each. If left unused the product will decompose in 4-6 weeks!
Especially after so many global issues continually popping up on the radar this new innovation would help us take a huge leap forward in trying to reduce humans wastes. There are so many issues that we are creating by just throwing out a small plastic straw we can’t even imagine. I think that if biodegradable water bubbles replaced plastic water bottles we would be able to decrease our waste by millions of tons. This will help us take a good step forward in protecting our environment, the animals we affect, and even our future selves!
Katarzyna Mosio (3)