Plastic has been one of the most useful and hazardous inventions by mankind. It has made life easy by being the answer to almost our every need. It has also been a menace as it leaves behind a permanent mark forever. Plastic is non-biodegradable. Once formed, it can not be destroyed and there comes in the idea of recycling it. Recycling again requires a lot of money and resources.
A product design student of Icelandic Academy of Arts, Ari Jonsson decided to do this differently. He told Dezeen magazine,

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? 

Jonsson came up with the idea of a biodegradable bottle made of a substance that easily decomposes and does not leave behind a mark. After researching various environment-friendly alternatives, Jonsson came up with Agar!
Agar is a biodegradable substance derived from Algae. Powdered agar when dissolved in water, takes a jelly-like form and when poured into a mould, it takes up the shape of it. Jonsson told Fast Company,

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.

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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?!

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