Food & Beverage

Jun 1, 2017

Beyond Bottles

The Skipping Rocks Labs, from the United Kingdom, has taken upon itself the mission to eradicate the waste caused by plastic cups and bottles by creating Ooho!, the first of many products that, they assure, will revolutionize everyday life simple things. 

<

And what exactly is Ooho!?

Well then, it is a plastic substitute obtained through seaweed extract that renders its packages not only biodegradable but also eatable. That's it, you can drink the water off the package and then eat the package! The Ooho! Packages are flexible and you can ingest the fluids by pinching it or by putting it whole in your mouth. These packages also have a production cost lower than the plastic ones and can be used to package any type of liquid, including juices, alcoholic beverages and even cosmetic products.

The company was founded by Pierre Paslier and Rodrigo García González. Paslier is an innovation design engineer that previously worked on L'Oreak and Alt Design, a 3D printer manufacturer, and co-founded Gravity Sketch, a 3D design platform. Gonzáles made a career as inventor, designer and architect and engineer lectures in Product Design at Kingston University, he was also awarded with the National Dyson Design Award and the GAUDI (European Competition on Sustainable Architecture).

This new packaging is the fruit of two years of investigation that resulted on the creation of this material through means of innovative production technology, that has already been filled for a patent. The company's statement specifies its wish "to solve the plastic waste problem and reduce climate impact from packaging".

Ooho! has already received worldwide attention, from "The New York Times" to the "Guardian" passing through the BBC and "Business Insider". Which is surprising given that in the last six months the product has only been available for purchase directly from the company. This year and on 2018, Skipping Rock is preparing the grounds to become known and, simultaneously, test its product: as we speak its making arrangements with Virgin Sports and Live Nation, amongst other companies responsible for major events as concerts, football games, festivals and marathons, etc., so that already this year and through 2018 its product may be tested both in acceptance and sales on those same events. Which, given the usual presence of tens of thousands of individuals on each event, will certainly turn Ooho! Into an extremely known brand.

But Pierre Paslier and Rodrigo González are not alone on this challenge, their labs count with a well-tested team: as Business Lead we have Lise Honsinger, energy finance professional with seven years' experience in banking and industry, former Investment Director at private equity firm Thomas Lloyd; on the technical team we can find Manuel López, chemical engineer who specialised on its food and beverage technology and Eugenio Pérez de Lema, on design; on the Advisory Team you'll find Bill Weil, with many years' experience in private equity/finance, Antonella Socci, over 15 years' experience in marketing and brand management at Visa and Koon-Yang Lee, Senior Lecturer in Composite Manufacturing at Imperial, specialising in natural and bio-based materials.

For 2017, the company is betting on becoming a known brand and selling its product directly to the consumer, specifically on the events we mentioned earlier, by naturally entering the mark as a biodegradable option to the brands that already exist. On 2018 they raise the stats and count on selling to merchants and other companies and brands, as a packaging option or even supplying them with the machinery needed for packaging itself, and Skipping Rock acting as a raw matter supplier, maintaining as an extra attractive that the price of its packaging is lower than the plastic option that currently leads the market. 

More Articles

FeaturedArticles

  • Zinco03

    Business & Industry

    Aug 1, 2017

    Greenland: The Ultimate Zinc Deposit

    Ironbark is currently developing three projects in Greenland, of which the Citronen zinc and lead prospection stands out by far. The Australian multinational begun to enhance the project for the exploration of the deposits on the...

  • 17916763_10154923732760860_1525008882_o

    Business & Industry

    Jun 1, 2017

    EXPORTING THE BEST

    Nowadays, when we talk about the best there is in the world, there is no chance avoiding Portugal. It is now, the most recognized country in the world for all its wonders, secret, history and gastronomy. It shows off as the best country...

  • TransCanadaTrail002

    Lifestyle & Travel

    Mar 1, 2017

    TRANS CANADIAN TRAIL - THE GREAT TRAIL THAT UNITES CANADA

    Its construction began in 1992, the Trans Canada Trail has the purpose to unite the extremes of Canada since the Atlantic to the Pacific and the Arctic, and it's about to be completed this Fall, precisely in the year of the celebration...


  • 1

    Culture & Art

    Oct 12, 2018

    THE MUPPETS

    No matter the age or generation, it's a fact that we all know the stuffed puppets that gained life and filled the imagination of its fans. Fun, different and even a little inconvenient, these animated puppets are one of the most recognized...

  • 01

    Business & Industry

    Feb 1, 2017

    A REGION OF EXCELLENCE

    Alentejo 2020 – the Regional Operational Program to Alentejo for the period between 2014-2020 is the result of the work developed with the cooperation and partnership of different regional representatives from different sectors (political,...

  • background facebook

    Technology

    Oct 1, 2018

    YVP MAGAZINE APP

    Our new APP with the digital edition of the magazine it's already in the Digital Stores.


  • CC_Freya_Boppard_Vert_121102

    Lifestyle & Travel

    Apr 1, 2016

    River retreats

    Besides being relaxing, cruising through the calm waters of a river is one of the most comfortable ways to travel and go on vacations with a strong cultural element. The river cruises division of Viking Cruises, one of the world's largest,...

  • Wangari Maathai (1940-2011) by The-time-line, CC BY-SA 3.0,via Commons

    Culture & Art

    Feb 29, 2016

    Inspiring Women Yesterday and Today

    March 8, known as International Women's Day to mark women's struggle for labour and social equality. "Yesterday," only a small number of women were influential in society, as was the case of monarchs. Today, they are mostly versatile,...

  • 2

    Business & Industry

    Jul 1, 2015

    Diamonds for a better world

    Canadian diamonds have gained notoriety over the last two decades, and this is probably due to its late discovery. The mines in Canada were not discovered (at least in large scale) up until 1991, when evidence of diamond mines turned...