Case Study

Innovating Edible Packaging with Skipping Rocks Labs

Case Study

Innovating Edible Packaging with Skipping Rocks Labs

Case study

Innovating Edible Packaging with Skipping Rocks Labs

We helped Skipping Rocks Labs to achieve:

  • 10x increase in production capability
  • 30,000 plastic bottles saved
  • 4-6 weeks decomposition

We helped Skipping Rocks Labs to achieve:

  • 10x increase in production capability
  • 30,000 plastic bottles saved
  • 4-6 weeks decomposition

Skipping Rocks Labs wanted to create a biodegradable alternative to single use plastics, based on seaweed. They needed our help to support the development of the material, and fine-tune the production of the material.

Seaweed packaging allows Skipping Rocks Labs to package food and beverage products that are 100% ‘instantly consumable’, cutting down the effects of traditional packaging on the environment. Skipping Rock Labs have named the seaweed-based film packaging ‘Ooho’.

We connected founders Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez and Pierre Yves-Paslier to LSBU academics Ben Lishman, Issa Chaer and Alex Paurine. They spent 360 hours over six months:

  • Reviewing the technique used to mix the seaweed packaging ‘dough’;
  • Researching and testing alternatives to the mixing technique to allow for an increase of 10 times the mixing volume - from 5KG to 50KG;
  • Performing a review of Skipping Rocks Lab’s original packaging machine design, assessing for reliability, ease of manufacture, ease of assembly and cost;
  • Permeability testing of the original Ooho material, as the permeability was too high and loss of containment was excessive;
  • Testing to measure, understand and compate the materials’ properties to plastics and other alternatives;
  • Designing and validating a test method for the evaluation and comparison of the permeability of Ooho with other alternatives.
  • The production of a report detailing the testing, results and recommendations for improving their machinery.

The results:

  • Ooho capsules were released to market in 2017. The capsules can be eaten whole, or bitten into to release the product inside.
  • Discarded Ooho capsules will naturally decompose in 4-6 weeks - just like fruit.
  • Ooho capsules were used to refresh runners during the 2019 London Marathon, saving 30,000+ plastic bottles from littering the streets during the event.
The programme offers a lot of access to equipment and academics, in a programme that is very startup-friendly and forward thinking
- Pierre Yves-Paslier

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