Friday, August 10, 2007

Corn-Based Water Bottles Offer a Solution

Over the past few weeks, there have many news stories concerning the backlash against petroleum-produced water bottles. It started in June when the Conference of Mayors issued a resolution asking for a study on the impact of these bottles on municipal streams. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in July banned the city from buying bottled water citing environmental and cost impacts.

Generally the media focus has not been on the high cost of this bottled water-often just purified municipal tap water. Interesting that the media didn't really focus on that. No, it's been on the waste and lack of recycling options. We're surprised that they haven't blamed farmers and ethanol for expensive water too.

But what's really interesting is the lack of reporting on alternatives to the oil-based bottles. Specifically, water bottles like the ones from BIOTA. The BIOTA Spring Water bottle is manufactured from a 100% renewable resource, corn, using Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) technology. PLA-based products have started to become popular-replacements for oil-based plastics by a number of influential food and retail companies.

Maybe we've expecting too much from the media to report something practical.


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