A British Scientist Invents Biodegradable Bottles
2019-01-22 09:10 Tuesday
In May 2018, a British scientist claimed to have invented a plastic-free disposable water bottle that can break down in three weeks.
The Choose Water bottle, invented by James Longcroft, aims to replace plastic bottles and help save the world's oceans from plastic waste.
The bottle is made of recycled paper on the outer layer, while the waterproof lining is made of composite materials developed by Mr. Longcroft himself. No fossil fuels are involved in its production, meaning that the bottles can be eaten and digested by marine life, as well as neutralize acidic soil in landfills.
In a statement, the company said that all of the ingredients in the bottle can be fully decomposed within three weeks and are edible for marine life.
The metal caps on the bottles will also rust and completely decompose in about a year, Mr. Longcroft said in an interview. Plastics, by contrast, take hundreds of years to break down.
Although the bottle is extremely environmentally friendly, its cost is higher than that of plastic water bottles.
Langcroft plans to crowdfund the bottle. He hopes to see the bottles in shops by the end of the year, and expects to price them at 85- 90p ($1.20), making them a viable alternative to plastic.
Currently, there are at least 50 million metric tons of plastic waste in the world's oceans, which are damaging to the marine environment and can remain for centuries.