EDIBLE WATER BOTTLE
Food is an inevitable part of humans’ life. So, globally food processing industries are the fastest growing industries. Also, we have to consider that it consumes most of the plastic as food packing material and for other purposes So, food technologists, food engineers and those who are concerned with food and environment try to find alternatives for plastics. Recently, our Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi banned one-time use plastics. This is a huge step towards environmental conservation.
Plastic is unsustainable material and the use of a huge amount of plastic in most of every field increases the burden on the environment as it cannot degrade in the environment. So that it is the mutual responsibility of every human to reduce the usage of plastic and increase the use of biodegradable materials if possible. So nowadays, food industries and restaurants are replacing plastics with biodegradable, edible and multilayer packaging materials. Also, researchers and scientists are continuously trying towards the development of an alternative to plastics and also try to find bacteria or such a solution by which plastic can degrade.
Here I want to emphasize on the water that packed in PET bottles. As we all knew that water is a basic necessity for every living entity including humans. As to some extent, plastic is harmful to our health,
scientist and researches found alternatives for the PET water bottle. They found edible water ball. So that we can eat water instead of drinking. This is novel concept for water as food and also reduce usage of plastic and also we get pure water. The formulation of edible water ball is easy as water is enclosed in a genius membrane made from seaweed algae extract which is sustainable and biodegradable. Here membrane works as a protective outer covering for water and this membrane is edible. In the seaweed membrane, any liquid can be filled and any color or dye can be used. This product has two benefits: one is you can have pure water and another it is biodegradable within few weeks so it’s environmental friendly. Researchers and scientists are still working on this new idea and it will take some time to come to the markets for commercialization.