A single bottle of water can take up to 100 years to decompose which is a scary figure considering we throw out billions of water bottles a year. Landfills are filling up faster than our planet can handle and this problem is in desperate need of a solution. Ari Jonsson, an Icelandic product designer, may have just solved it.
After Jonsson read about the alarming waste of plastic, he decided to invent a 100% natural, 100% biodegradable water bottle made from algal. Ari Jonsson exhibited his project during this year’s Reykjavik design festival DesignMarch saying “I read that 50 per cent of plastic is used once and then thrown away so 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 each day.”
He went on to say “Why are we using materials that take hundreds of years to break down in nature to drink from once and then throw away? Jonson began to study the strengths and weaknesses of different products. He soon stumbled across agal which is a substance produced from algae. When agar is added to water it forms a jelly-like material and when heated it can be moulded into any shape. As long as the bottle is full, it will hold its shape, but when it is empty it will begin to decompose.
We are hoping that his concept will catch on with some of the major water manufacturers so together we can create a greener future for our grandchildren.
Here at Pressure Coolers, we are all about helping the environment. We can’t wait for this product to take off and become the new big thing. In the meantime, we do make a conscious effort to recycle our plastic bottles. Should you require any more information on our products and wish to talk to one of our customer care team, feel free to visit our website or call us on 0208 670 2000.