Go Salary
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  |  CultureA lighter note

Thirsty? These seaweed pouches could be the water bottles of the future


Saturday, 11th May 2019 at 12:00 pm
Maggie Coggan
Runners in this year’s London Marathon were given a quench thirster with a twist – edible seaweed pouches carrying sports-drink – in a bid to cut down on plastic water bottles at the event.    


Saturday, 11th May 2019
at 12:00 pm
Maggie Coggan


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Thirsty? These seaweed pouches could be the water bottles of the future
Saturday, 11th May 2019 at 12:00 pm

Runners in this year’s London Marathon were given a quench thirster with a twist – edible seaweed pouches carrying sports-drink – in a bid to cut down on plastic water bottles at the event.    

In 2018, almost 1 million plastic water bottles were handed out to runners during the race.

By switching to the seaweed pouches, organisers of this year’s race, which took place at the end of April, cut down the number of plastic bottles by around 200,000.

The pouches, called Oohoo, were developed by a London based start-up, Skipping Rocks Lab, and can be bitten to release the liquid inside and then eaten entirely.  

If the tasteless seaweed film is not eaten, it will break down within six weeks, a serious reduction from the 450 years it takes for a plastic water bottle to break down.     

The decision to hand out the pouches at the 23-mile mark followed a successful trial of the product at the Vitality Big Half Marathon in March.

Co-founder of Skipping Rocks Lab, Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez told CNN having the Oohoo used in the marathon was a milestone for the start-up.

“We are hoping we will demonstrate that it can be used at scale in the future,” Garcia Gonzalez said.

The pouches have also been used at music festivals, where they were filled with alcoholic and sports drinks.

Skipping Rocks Lab is working on eco-friendly alternatives to cling film and the plastic liners used in throwaway coffee cups.

The seaweed pouch initiative was part of a larger sustainability push by the marathon this year, which also saw 700 runners trial water bottle belts made from 90 per cent recycled materials, which can be cleaned and reused.   

The bottle belts were launched in the hope of encouraging runners to carry their own water, changing how hydration is provided at mass participation running events.  

It is estimated that 1 million plastic bottles are purchased per minute, and of these plastic bottles, 91 per cent will not be recycled, with most making their way to landfill.


Maggie Coggan  |  Journalist  |  @MaggieCoggan

Maggie Coggan is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.


Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Give your rideshare driver a (mental health) lift

Maggie Coggan

Saturday, 9th November 2019 at 12:00 pm

Hero penguin protector heads to the kennel for retirement

Maggie Coggan

Saturday, 19th October 2019 at 12:00 pm

Traditional owners ramp up fight against Origin Energy to end fracking in the NT

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 16th October 2019 at 5:41 pm

Skiing for sustainability

Maggie Coggan

Saturday, 12th October 2019 at 12:00 pm

POPULAR

Our royal commission is not yet a safe place for people with disability

Emma Bennison

Wednesday, 6th November 2019 at 4:59 pm

Children with disability face bullying and exclusion in Aussie schools

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 30th October 2019 at 4:15 pm

Five charts on what a Newstart recipient really looks like

Contributor

Wednesday, 30th October 2019 at 3:56 pm

Rising rents creating a ‘time bomb’ of homelessness for older Australians

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 30th October 2019 at 5:17 pm

Go Salary
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!