Plastic is an incredible flexible invention, being easy to produce and low cost to maufacture and easy to utilize. Owing to its ease of production, the use of plastic is widespread in the modern world. However, the unfortunate aspect of this flexibility is that unrecycled or non-recyclable plastic material accumulate in landfills . As these plastic materials are trashed, it can take hundreds of years for the material to degrade in a landfill. In addition methane is released during the degredation process, a major greenhouse gas. In certain conditions, like ocean water, plastics can degrade in about a year, during which toxic chemicals are broken down in the water and become hazardous to the ecosystem. In many locations all over the world, drinking water is consumed through the use of plastic bottles. Despite being readily recyclable, some studies claim as much as 90% wind up in landfills.
With he flexibility and usefulness of plastic without the negatives of pollution, our partner is producing a specific bottling sollution to combat the issue. Instead of eliminated plastic, our partner is producing a plastic using plant-based materials instead of conventional petroleum-based plastic to provide a truly green alternative for bottling material. Their product starts from sugar derived from corn crops. The next step involves converting the sugar into a plastic. Through this process, small pellets are formed and can be then made into any shape desired, including bottles, containers, films, clothing, and devices like phones. This process or plastic production has a 60% lower carbon footprint compared to traditional materials like (polyethylene terephthalate) PET and plystyrene (PS) plastic. Since the bottle consists of a green composition, there is no significant release of methane and the material may be safely used in compost.