British company Choose Water has developed an alternative to plastic water bottles, and it’s not glass nor stainless steel. Instead, their bottles are completely biodegradable and environmentally friendly, breaking down within only a few months.
Choose Water’s plastic-less, biodegradable bottle is made from all sustainable products and degrades into non-toxic, environmentally friendly substances. It is created from a special waterproof lining that coats the inside of a vacuum formed 3D paper casing.
The outer case is made from 100% recycled sustainably sourced paper pulp. To make it watertight, the company coats the paper with a liner. This strengthens the paper to protect it from bumps and bangs and creates a waterproof seal.
The liner is made from fully biodegradable and sustainable sourced materials. These materials have actually been proven to be beneficial to the environment, neutralizing soil acidity and providing nutrients to aquatic environments.
The bottles will degrade within months in the ocean or in a landfill and can also be recycled. So no matter where it ends up, the bottle wont do any damage.
Not only does the Choose Water bottle not hurt the planet, but it also helps communities across Africa. The company donates 100% of their profits to their charity partner — Water For Africa.
Choose Water is running an Indiegogo campaign to take pre-orders for the biodegradable bottles. For around $200, you can get a pack of six. This may be expensive on the individual level compared to a simple reusable bottle you take with you everywhere, but if large commercial organizations adopt these bottles, we could cut down greatly on plastic waste.
This is an excellent must-have for all outdoor trips. The amount of waste built up by plastic bottles and the amount of people who simply discard of their empties is disgraceful. A bottle that will break down and degrade by itself in just two months is an incredible break through by this British company. The only thing I can see here that may be problematical is the cost of the bottles. $200 for a six pack does seem rather steep, although this initial price is bound to come down in the near future.