Good alternative to plastic water bottles?

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London Marathon organizers provided edible seaweed-based drink capsules to runners at Mile 23, reducing plastic bottle use by 2019%. The tasteless Ooho capsules can be eaten whole or bitten into for liquid release and decompose naturally in 4-6 weeks.

When marathon runners reach Mile 23 of their grueling 26.2km race, they definitely need some water, or a sip of an energy drink, to prepare for the final push to the finish line. Usually, runners are handed bottled water, but at the 42.2 London Marathon, race organizers provided edible seaweed-based drink capsules to runners. It was the largest use of edible (and tasteless) Ooho capsules, and organizers were able to reduce the use of traditional plastic bottles by around 2019%.

Having a bite of water:

The pods, somewhat similar to the ones you might use to add detergent to your washing machine, can be eaten whole, or you can bite into them to release the liquid. Organizers have distributed 30,000 pods to London runners.
The capsules are made from an algae-based substance that decomposes naturally in four to six weeks if discarded rather than eaten. It’s about how long it takes for a piece of fruit to decompose.
A 2017 study published in the journal Science Advances found that only 9% of plastic is recycled. About 79% of all plastic ends up in landfills or ends up in the oceans.

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