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Eating Recyclables

Published May 28, 2014 3:55 PM by Eleanor Wolfram

Biologists, culinary professionals and environmentalists all have got to be giddy about the new edible water bottles. This ingenious invention is the creation of the London Imperial College team, led by Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez. I am sure that just about every scientist imaginable is smiling, because an edible water bottle is both biologically and environmentally friendly.

The idea came to Gonzalez when he was trying to think of a way to develop an artificial cloud for evaporating sea water that could be transported it to where it was needed. But delivery of the volumes of sea water in the multiples of plastic containers would cause some problems. Then he thought of the culinary process called “spherification” and well, the rest is history.

“When faced with the task of delivering water, we wanted to avoid plastic containers so we began to experiment with different ways to packaging water,” Gonzalez told ABCNews.com. “After a lot of lateral thinking and experimentation, we started to play with the technique of spherification and found a potential way to solve the problem we had identified.”

Edible water bottles are beneficial to sustaining marine life and the reefs, reduce the cost of trash hauls, eliminate the every growing pile of landfills from the dumping of the plastics; reducing millions of plastic bottles in garbage landfills and eliminates the clogs and debris in lakes and the other waterways.

Without going into a bunch of scientific mumbo-jumbo (i.e. calcium chloride forming membrane) -- simply put, the edibles are containers are made from the culinary process of forming a gelatin membrane around the frozen water liquid.

Now, while I do not purchase water in bottle, I do consume water throughout the day from my thermos, when I am away from a tap.  I cannot wait until I can get my hands on the edible bottle.

My issue is not clogging or the waterways, but it sure would be nice not to have to refill that darn thermos every day.

posted by Eleanor Wolfram

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