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Courtesy of The Scottish Association of Marine Science

London Marathon’s answer to plastic bottles: Edible seaweed pouches

30 April 2019

From: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12226342

As participants in the London Marathoners entered mile 23 on Sunday, they were greeted by a new kind of refreshment: Golf ball-size pouches made from seaweed and filled with a sports drink.

The squishy pods – which look like tiny pillows and were handed out to thousands of passing runners – gave race organisers a chance to cut down on the flood of plastic waste that accompanies major sporting events.

Created by a London-based startup called Skipping Rocks Lab, the seaweed pouches, known as Ooho, are edible and biodegradable, dissolving in about a month when discarded, according to the company. To access the ounce of liquid inside each pouch, runners merely have to bite into the pouch or place the entire pod inside their mouth and start chewing…