Now THIS is interesting: water that is designed to be eaten.
Scientists have developed a plant-based fluid storage “pod” that is durable, lightweight, inexpensive, and oh yeah, edible. For fluids that can be consumed by humans, people can bite into the pods and drink, or chew and swallow the whole thing. The pods are also useful for non-edible fluids such as soap. And the good news is, unlike single-use plastics these pods are bio-degradable.
There are also major potential environmental considerations as well; the pods, made out of seaweed, could potentially reduce the number of empty plastic water bottles that litter the planet and our oceans. Something close to 500 billion water bottles are used every year, with the vast majority of those not being recycled. Toting around a reusable box with pods of water in it might be a great and convenient alternative to wasteful and polluting plastic.
It’s unclear how some practicalities, such as shelf life and shipping survivability, might affect the use of this pods for military applications. But it sure looks interesting… and a lot more palatable than plastic.
Scott Faith is a veteran of a half-dozen combat deployments and has served in several different Special Operations units over the course of his Army career. Scott’s writing focuses largely on veterans’ issues, but he is also a strong proponent of Constitutional rights and has a deep interest in politics. He often allows other veterans who request anonymity to publish their work under his byline. Scott welcomes story ideas and feedback on his articles and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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