On Sunday April 28th around 40,000 runners set out and finished the London Marathon, out of the 400,000 applicants for the marathon. 66,000 of these applications were from overseas. Typically the event produces loads of plastic waste, from the water consumed by the runners throughout the 26.2 miles. After the 2018 marathon this video was taken on one of the streets the runners passed through.
This year when runners approach mile 23 they are in for a different experience, the race decided to use Ooho Edible Water Satchels instead of the typical plastic bottle. The tasteless satchels are made of of seaweed and plants, completely edible, and if not consumed, biodegrade within six weeks. For the marathon, NOTPLA, who makes the edible pods, worked with Lucozade Sport, an electrolyte drink, to fill the pods. This was the biggest event yet for the company. For the marathon it was one step they took to get to their goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2020.
The company, Skipping Rocks Lab, was started in 2013 by Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez and Pierre Paslier. The following years were spent researching, developing, and crowdfunding the technology and business. In 2019 the group decided to switch the start-up’s name to, NOTPLA, the material which their most successful. product is made out of, the edible satchels.
FInd out more about NOTPLA here.