In 2018, the London marathon used 920,000 plastic bottles. Just so you know, it takes nearly 450 to even 1000 years for one plastic bottle to dissolve.
It seems like people have finally understood the damage that's been done to the earth and they are going out of their way to rectify it, one small step at a time. There's a lot of demand from everywhere for more sustainable products and companies are popping up, trying to do their bit. Recently, it was brought to everyone's attention that a marathon goes through a lot of plastic. Several people have claimed they would love to be a part of marathons, like the London Marathon or the Boston Marathon, but they seem to be quite concerned about the fact that there is a lot of plastic waste generated has people confused if they want to be a part of such an activity or not.
In 2018, the London marathon used 920,000 plastic bottles. Just so you know, it takes nearly 450 to even 1000 years for one plastic bottle to dissolve, which proves that changes need to be made as soon as possible to stop polluting the surface of the earth with more plastic than it already has. But, this year, there seems to have been a change in which the organizers provided water to the marathon runners.
For starters, they collaborated with a startup brand called Skipping Rocks Lab. They create edible water pouches called Ooho that are made from seaweed. Ooho’s main goal is to create a packaging that will dissolve completely so that it leaves absolutely no plastic waste behind. This is a groundbreaking creation and comes in especially useful at events like this one. The packaging can be easily eaten since it has absolutely no taste or just thrown away because it is completely biodegradable. How innovative is that?
Thanks to Ooho's pouches, London’s most recent marathon has reduced their usage of 920,000 water bottles to 704,000, as they gave these biodegradable pouches to the runners during their 23rd mile. The best part about this is that the pouches can be used to hold anything liquid, be it juice, or even alcohol. These are the best things for you to carry with you if you're heading to a concert, or while traveling.
The London Marathon has over 40,000 people participating, and there really had to be some major changes done to make sure that the use of plastic is under control. The participants can't really do much about it because participating in a marathon is no easy task, and you just can't carry a bottle of water with you while you participate. So, when they've run a course of distance, they do feel tired and so they don't refuse the bottle of water they're offered.
Again, they can't run the rest of the marathon with a bottle in their hand, so they have to throw it wherever they can. Even though they've done a huge feat by completing the marathon, it does not help them feel good when they see the heaps of plastic bottles they've left behind. Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez and Pierre Paslier created the startup back in 2013 while studying Innovation Design Engineering at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.
Seaweed is the best source for this pouch because it can grow up to 1m per day and it doesn’t need fresh water or fertilizer, it also actively contributes to de-acidifying the oceans. It also takes only 4-6 weeks to biodegrade! The project has recently expanded and is now using the same technique to store sauces as well. The team is also planning to create nets to store fruits and vegetables, heat sealable films and sachets for non-food products such as screws, nails or hardware. This is the best way to help save the environment!