Professor Harry Coumnas’ Phenomenal Invention of Edible Water Bubbles

Professor, Harry Coumnas claims to be the mastermind behind the phenomenal invention of biodegradable edible water, which is made of sodium alginate gel. However, he does not hesitate to share that his invention was an unexpected result of his attempt to find an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bottles. 

Every year, more than 50 billion plastic water bottles are used by Americans. Just a few of them are enough to quench the thirst of an average adult. These bottles hold water in a double membrane and retain their shape very well despite their thin membrane. They are also biocompatible, which means they aren’t harmful or toxic if consumed. 

Also known as edible water bubbles, edible water bottles enclose a small quantity of water in a membrane made up of brown algae and calcium chloride. Professor Harry Coumnas says, “It is a gelatinous, double membrane sphere which is made up of dropping ice in a separate solution of calcium salt and sodium alginate. Currently, edible water bottles are not available commercially, but the developers are working to make them commercial.  The major problem with edible water bottles is that their membrane is very thin and not strong enough to handle shipping and treatment on a large scale.”

Another problem with edible water bottles is the need to be kept clean by the consumer before use. There is a great need to store the bottles well and use them with clean hands to ensure they are good for consumption. They are flexible packets of water that can be consumed by creating a hole and pouring in the mouth or simply consuming it as a whole. Their packaging is cheaper than the plastic bottle and can even encapsulate any kind of beverage. Their pricing is not out, but they are definitely an economical way to keep you hydrated while helping save the environment.