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Removing plastic: Edible water bottle

San Fransisco bans the sale of water.
San Fransisco bans the sale of water.
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Design student, Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, is attempting to create an edible water bottle, named Ooho, that will, hopefully, rid the earth of a substantial amount of plastic waste. The idea is to take a frozen ball of water and encapsulate it in a calcium chloride solution. The ball is then soaked in another solution made from brown algae extract to reinforce the ice, creating an edible, gelatinous "bottle."

Admittedly, the bottle does not have much of a taste yet. However, it is biodegradable whereas plastic is not. It takes almost seven hundred years for a plastic bottle to decompose. As far as taste goes, it is still in the works.The process of making the gel layer is known in the culinary world as Spherification. It is used with other liquids, such as tea, and results in a bubble of liquid encased within a very thin layer of gel. The texture resembles caviar.

Less than one percent of all plastic materials are recycled in the U.S. Half of all of the recyclable materials in our landfills are plastic bottles. If everyone recycled the plastic bottles used, the CO2 emission reduction would be equivalent to removing 33 million vehicles from the road. According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, 1.5 million barrels of crude oil are used yearly to produce plastic bottles.

The City of Temple has two recycling centers. One operates twenty four hours a day and seven days a week. It is located on 3015 Bullseye Lane, off of East Avenue H and Little Flock Road. The second center is open Friday and Saturday until four p.m. and is located on 602 Jack Baskin Drive at the northeast corner of Avenue H and south 31 Street.

When recycling plastic bottles, remove the lid and rim attachment as those cannot be recycled and rinse the bottle with water. This ensures that any odor will be removed.