I read that 50 percent of plastic is used once and then thrown away, so I feel there is an urgent need to find ways to replace some of the unreal amount of plastic we make, use and throw away each day. Why are we using materials that take hundreds of years to break down in nature to drink from once and then throw away?
What makes this mix of algae and water an interesting solution is the lifespan of the bottle. It needs to contain liquid to keep its shape and as soon as it’s empty it will start to decompose.
He says that the water stored in this algae-based bottle is totally safe to drink, however, it might absorb some of the saltiness of the agar. One can also eat the bottle if the need arises and for Jonsson, the taste of it is ‘hard to describe’. He told Fast Company,
I could say it’s like seaweed jello, but I don’t think many people have tasted something like that.
We congratulate Ari Jonsson on his new invention and we hope that manufacturers take up the cause and start working on the R&D. Bill Gates, Are you listening?!