Lucozade launches vending machine with edible liquid-filled capsules instead of plastic bottles — in a bid to cut waste
- Each capsule — dubbed an ‘Ooho’ — contains one fluid ounce of Lucozade Sport
- The shells of the Ooho capsules are made entirely from edible seaweed extract
- If not eaten, the capsules biodegrade on their own within four to six weeks
- Ooho capsules were previously given out to runners at the London Marathon
- The new vending machine creates the conditions needed to store Oohos
Lucozade has launched a vending machine that dispenses edible liquid-filled capsules called ‘Oohos’ instead of plastic bottles — as a bid to cut down on waste.
Each of the capsules from UK firm Lucozade Ribena Suntory hold one fluid ounce (30 millilitres) of sports drink in a shell made entirely from seaweed extract.
Not only is the plastic-free packaging edible, but it also biodegrades on its own within four to six weeks.
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Lucozade has launched a vending machine that dispenses edible liquid-filled capsules instead of plastic bottles — as a bid to cut down waste. Pictured, the vending machine and a capsule
Each of the capsules from UK firm Lucozade Ribena Suntory hold one fluid ounce (30 millilitres) of sports drink in a shell made entirely from seaweed extract. Pictured, the vending machine that dispenses the edible capsules filled with Lucozade Sport
Lucozade Sport capsules were previously only given out by hand at large sporting events — such as the London Marathon — due to their needing to be stored in a specific, controlled environment.
However, a trial version of vending machine capable of dispensing the capsules was put through its paces today at the David Lloyd gym in Hampton, South West London, thanks to a government-backed project to cut down on waste.
Feedback from gym-goers trying the unusual product and the dispenser will be used to help Lucozade determine how such machines might be used in the future.
Funding from Government agency Innovate UK was secured by the sustainable packaging company Notpla, which is working in partnership with Lucozade.
The £300,000 ($388,812) grant is being used to help develop a working machine that can manufacture and dispense 3,000 of the capsules a day.
Lucozade said that it has been trying to lead the way on recycled and recyclable plastics ever since Ribena became the first soft drinks brand to use 100 per cent recycled plastic in 2007.
The company added that it now hopes to bring ‘instant hydration in a plastic-free format’ to gyms for the first time.
A trial version of vending machine capable of dispensing the capsules was put through its paces today at the David Lloyd gym in Hampton, South West London, thanks to a government-backed project to cut down on waste
Lucozade said that it has been trying to lead the way on recycled and recyclable plastics ever since Ribena became the first soft drinks brand to use 100 per cent recycled plastic in 2007
The company added that it now hopes to bring ‘instant hydration in a plastic-free format’ to gyms for the first time
‘Our ambition is to develop the most sustainable packaging possible, going above and beyond to achieve our “Growing for Good” vision, said Lucozade Ribena Suntory business transformation manager Jo Padwick.
‘Our collaboration with Notpla to develop more uses for Oohos is just one example of how we’re working to achieve our commitment to eliminate virgin, fossil-fuel based plastic in the next 10 years.’
Around 90,000 of the capsules will be handed out at the upcoming Virgin Money London Marathon alone, with more to be given to race participants at similar events across the UK.
Lucozade are not the first to experiment with using seaweed-based liquid capsules — whisky manufacturer Glenlivet unveiled a similar product last October.
HOW DAMAGING ARE PLASTIC BOTTLES?
Of 30 billion plastic bottles used by UK households each year, only 57 per cent are currently recycled.
With half of these going to landfill, half of all plastic bottles that are recycled go to waste.
Around 700,000 plastic bottles a day end up as litter.
This is largely due to plastic wrapping around bottles that are non-recyclable.
Bottles are a major contributor to the increasing amount of plastic waste in the world’s oceans.
Researchers warned eight million tonnes of plastics currently find their way into the ocean every year – the equivalent of one truckload every minute.
The amount of plastic rubbish in the world’s oceans will outweigh fish by 2050 unless the world takes drastic action to further recycle, a report released in 2016 revealed.
At current rates, this will worsen to four truckloads per minute in 2050 and outstrip native life to become the largest mass inhabiting the oceans.
An overwhelming 95 per cent of plastic packaging – worth £65 – £92billion – is lost to the economy after a single use, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation report stated.
And available research estimates that there are more than 150 million tonnes of plastics in the ocean today.
Plastic pollution is ruining the ecosystems of the world, both marine and terrestrial. It litters shorelines, snags animals and suffocates entire populations of animals
So much plastic is dumped into the sea each year that it would fill five carrier bags for every foot of coastline on the planet, scientists have warned.
More than half of the plastic waste that flows into the oceans comes from just five countries: China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.
The only industrialized western country on the list of top 20 plastic polluters is the United States at No. 20.
The US and Europe are not mismanaging their collected waste, so the plastic trash coming from those countries is due to litter, researchers said.
While China is responsible for 2.4 million tons of plastic that makes its way into the ocean, nearly 28 percent of the world total, the United States contributes just 77,000 tons, which is less than one percent, according to the study published in the journal Science.
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