Paper Water Bottle
Wherever you go these days, the horrendously overpriced single-use disposable plastic water bottle has become quite the trendy accessory, with an estimated 22 billion of them ending up in landfill each year.
The global bottled water market is expected to be worth US$ 86 billion in 2011. Most bottled water is now supplied in plastic PET bottles, made from petrochemicals.
The first PET bottles (polyethylene terephthalate) appeared in 1975, ironically at the height of the OPEC world oil crisis.
Within a decade, the recyclable glass bottle was a rarity. Greenpeace estimates that 10 percent of the world’s plastic now ends up in the ocean, much of it in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an oceanic desert twice the size of Texas that supports very little life and is filled with exceptionally high concentrations of suspended plastic debris.
The disposable plastic water bottle has quickly become one of the world’s great environmental threats.
Not only do we waste hundreds of millions of dollars on something that is freely available to most of Australia’s population, but in Australia alone, a year’s supply of bottled water costs the planet over 300,000 barrels of oil a year.
That’s how much of one of the world’s most precious resources it takes to package, ship and refrigerate a product that is already piped to every single suburban premises for next to nothing, according to Sunday Age calculations.
This is why the 360 Paper Bottle is so astoundingly cool. It’s the first totally recyclable paper container, made from renewable bamboo stock with micro-PLA film.
Developed by a US branding agency, it’s still in early product distribution stage. Let’s hope it catches on.
Bottom line: An alternative to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
How much : Still in concept stage