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The World’s First Truly Biodegradable Water Bottle

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The World’s First Truly Biodegradable Water Bottle

Our society is addicted to single use, “disposable” containers, and as a result, plastic waste is choking our landfills and oceans. Recent statistics confirm that the bottled water industry is one of biggest culprits, producing empty plastic bottles to fill a 12×12 room is being filled from floor to ceiling every 74 seconds.

That’s why Canadian water-bottler redleaf Water has introduced the industry’s first biodegradable and recyclable water bottle: the BIO Bottle. These new containers will be made from the same material as non-biodegradable bottles-PET plastic with the addition of a biodegradable organic compound.

While bringing your own reusable water bottle and enjoying low-cost water from the tap is the ideal method for staying hydrated on the go, there are some instances where bottled water is necessary. Natural disasters such as the flooding in Australia and the earthquake in Haiti, as well as the new threat of hydraulic fracturing, can make it unsafe to drink tap water.

You might be wondering “what’s the point?” PET plastic is easily recycled through community recycling programs, and lots of other companies have already introduced “plant-based” plastic bottles. Is this just another publicity stunt?

Keep reading to find out why the redleaf’s BIO Bottle is different…

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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12:15PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Go Redleaf! Would really have loved an update with photos from the bottle plantings though.

12:05PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

To add to the comment that stated how sometimes it is "necessary" to use bottled water in the instances of natural disasters etc. there is actually an even better way then these biodegradable water bottles, and that has been made possible through a company called Life Saver Systems. They have invented a reuseable, filtration water bottle capable of filtering out everything from fecal matter to viruses and much more. They offer the filtration water bottles for people like you and me, jerry cans which hold 20,000 liters of water as well as filter it for people in undeveloped contries or victims of natural disaster etc., and even a hydration pack which is meant for use by the military. The water is filtered clean without the use of chemical additives and is a much better idea than sending water bottles out to the victims of natural disaster and the like because their products are reuseable and can filter water from any water source. If you want to learn more here is a link to their website.

11:30PM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

That's cool!
TY Beth.

3:37PM PDT on Mar 16, 2011

I'm not sure who was first but I've seen Biota water bottles (also made from compostable corn plastic) in CO several years ago. This should be the standard for all bottled water.

1:22PM PDT on Mar 13, 2011

Interesting a great start to a greener America! haha

12:15PM PST on Mar 11, 2011

don't buy bottled water. Bottling ruins communities and water tables, uses petoleum to move the water around, and no study has proved that bottled water is even equivalent to local water systems in the US.
It irriates me to no end to see the Berkeley mindset of eat local but import water.
Think beyond packaging people!

7:57AM PST on Feb 11, 2011

Sounds like a good idea, and I love the 'show and prove' they will be doing to compare how biodegradable their bottle's actually are to other plastics.

5:46AM PST on Feb 6, 2011


9:17PM PST on Jan 30, 2011

Good information to know...thanks for posting!

10:09AM PST on Jan 30, 2011

I agree with Dave C. I think this is a neat idea, but I normally drink tap water. I, too, think that other brands of bottled water should use completely biodegradable water bottles. But in the meantime, let's all recycle our PET water bottles!

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