London Marathon is handing out seaweed pods instead of water bottles

You’ve probably seen video clips of marathoners grabbing a plastic water bottle, drinking some of it, pouring some on their heads, and then throwing the bottle onto the ground. Thousands of runners, multiple times during a marathon, with many marathons during a season. That’s a lot of plastic water bottles. Even if they all get recycled, it’s a lot of waste.

Ohoo pods: Edible water pods

This year the London Marathon is going to be handing out seaweed pods of sports drink, entirely edible and biodegradable. The seaweed coating is tasteless. The irony is they will likely have to be offered with plastic gloves, but still, it should result in a lot less waste.