This Biodegradable Water Bottle Is Made From Algae… – Eco Snippets

This Biodegradable Water Bottle Is Made From Algae…

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This Biodegradable Water Bottle Made From Algae Maintains It’s Shape Until It’s Empty & Then Breaks Down...

This innovative solution to plastic pollution will reduce the amount of waste piling up in landfills and swirling around in the oceans.

To say that plastic is a burden to the environment is an understatement. Every year, enough plastic is thrown “away” to circle the globe four times; however, the material takes approximately 1,000 years to break down. This means that while one might throw it in the trash, it’s either piling up in landfills, being swallowed by unsuspecting wildlife, or swirling in one of the huge garbage patches in the oceans.

This is a problem, one few people tend to take seriously. Because plastic water bottles come with a higher price tag than most realize, Icelandic product designer Ari Jónsson decided he needed to “be the change” and develop a material that can biodegrade in a rapid period of time.

His solution was to invent a water bottle made from agar, a substance derived from algae. Agar dates back to the 1650’s when a Japanese innkeeper tossed out extra soup and saw it gel together overnight. It later made its way into microbiology labs in the late 1800’s and is still used today to separate molecules…

This Biodegradable Water Bottle Made From Algae Maintains It’s Shape Until It’s Empty & Then Breaks Down...

Said Jónsson:

“I feel there is an urgent need to find ways to replace some of the unreal amount of plastic we make, use, and throw away every day. Why are we using materials that take hundreds of years to break down in nature to drink from once and then throw away?”

This Biodegradable Water Bottle Made From Algae Maintains It’s Shape Until It’s Empty & Then Breaks Down...

Dezeen reports that the algae bottle retains its unique shape until it is empty, and then it begins to break down. The all-natural alternative to plastic can even bechewed on (if people enjoy the taste).

Another benefit of the innovative water bottle is that it’s suitable for ethical vegetarians and vegans. Agar is commonly used in replace of gelatin in desserts, and it is beneficial for both the environment and humans…

This Biodegradable Water Bottle Made From Algae Maintains It’s Shape Until It’s Empty & Then Breaks Down...

The designer premiered this intriguing solution to plastic pollution at DesignMarch, a design festival recently held in Reykjavik. At present, he is a student at the Iceland Academy of the Arts

While the algae-based packaging might not be as appealing as a transparent plastic container, it certainly is better for the environment and one’s health (Via True Activist)…

This Biodegradable Water Bottle Made From Algae Maintains It’s Shape Until It’s Empty & Then Breaks Down...

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Can be made from hemp as well!

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and instead of leaching toxins into the water it would infuse valuable nutrients

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One often comes across innovations such as these,like there’s a guy making biodegradable plastic bags out of tapioca in Bangalore, India, but they are not taken up on a commercial scale. Let’s hope the powerful plastic lobby is beaten some day by efforts such as these.

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Although I wonder which is more sustainable plastic from algae or plastic from hemp… The KEY is reducing our use and striving for a life without plastic, without transportation of goods…:)

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AWESOME, so how long in the shelf life if I am storing water?

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What is the shelf life?

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And now Hemp is back…future looks good.

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No, no, no. Don’t harvest the oceans kelp to make bottles! The fish need the kelp. It’s a nursery for baby fish and hides smaller fish from predators.

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    Presumably it will be farmed, hopefully sustainably, but not enough information given in this article

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    They’re using algae not kelp.

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    we throw all our shit in the ocean anyway so the fish will get it back soon enough

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Warning to babies who have a sensitivity to iodine.

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    because lots of babies drink from water bottles ?

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    Nick Thompson no, it’s because algae has an iodine base.

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    And, Mums allow their kids to drink from their water bottles – because it fills their hungry tummies ‘TIL dinner time..

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    And a lot of moms used bottled water to mix their formula and water down juices.

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