Edible waterbottle

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Problem[edit]

Plastic water bottles are not decomposing in the ocean. Packages can be recycled personally or collectively. The collective recycling is working for paper and metals. But in other areas, the collective recycling produces a supply that overwhelms demand creating landfills rather than an economy. For instance an average of 3 plastic grocery bags per person per day in the USA ends up in the ocean. Decentralized, personal recycling saves energy. Our standard of living would increase if containers were personally edible, decomposable, or re-usable. Art could be added to our lives if we could personally create containers in our kitchens.

Conceive[edit]

This video of edible water balloon may be silly in that the package itself has to withstand mold, shipping, etc. These would be the requirements:

  1. holds water for a week
  2. make in different shapes
  3. food or processed food ingredients
  4. Meets FDA specifications
  5. edible or environmentally friendly

But it illustrates the desire of our species and the magnitude of the problem. More practical are these examples:

Design[edit]

Resources
Recipe
1st Attempt:Unknown amount of beeswax, 1 tsp vegetable oil, 1 cup bean starch, 1/2 cup water to dilute, waited 1 hr, video of result
2nd Attempt:All the beeswax from a 11x11cm, 1 tsp vegetable oil, 3 tbsp bean starch, no water added, dried quicker, video of result

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Operate[edit]

Demo[edit]

presentations

Next Steps[edit]

  • use centrifuge to separate starches within peas
  • use different ingredients
  • search for FDA requirements