Ooho Water to revolutionise marathon waste

Ooho edible water could create a very different aftermath for marathons.

The makers of Ooho water have created an innovative alternative to disposable plastic water bottles. A seaweed based pouch, containing water, can either be nipped and drank from, or consumed whole.

Whilst competitive running has great benefits for health and the charities which it often raises awareness and funds for, the leftovers can be less than environmentally friendly.

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Masses of discarded water bottles during the London Marathon. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian

It’s common for runners to be handed water bottles from supporters or officials during marathons but the majority of them are immediately discarded after use. The cleanup operations which are set in place afterwards aren’t always the most effective and some areas have complained that the debris can sit for weeks following an event.

Ooho water might hold a solution. Known as an ‘edible water bottle’, the company is a seaweed-tech startup based in London.

“We’ve created Ooho!, the edible water bottle. It’s a spherical packaging made of seaweed, entirely natural and biodegradable. Our goal is to create a waste-free alternative to plastic bottles and cups. Our proprietary material is actually cheaper than plastic and can encapsulate any beverage including water, soft drinks, spirits and cosmetics.”

It has been announced that the upcoming London Half Marathon, set to take place on Sunday, September 16th, will ban single use plastic bottles outright.

As reported in The Guardian:

“Single use plastic bottles are banned from the course. But runners will be able to rehydrate themselves at water stations along the 13.1 mile course with Ooho, water in biodegradable sachets made from a seaweed-based membrane. Participants can either nip the edge and drink the water or consume the entire capsule.

Runners will not be able to refill their own bottles. Regular water and biodegradable cups will be available but only as a backup in case of exceptionally high demand.”

The paper also highlighted that one million plastic bottles are sold every minute. An environmental disaster which could have as much long term impact as climate change.