Plastic bottles have been such a huge contributor to the global climate crisis. In a world that is currently making 300 million tons of plastic from fossil fuels annually, we are desperate to have alternatives.
Dutch company, Avantium, might have a solution for us.
With the backing of major companies such as Coca-Cola, Carlsberg, and Danone, it is developing a plant-based plastic that could replace the plastic used in the food supply chain.
Coca-Cola and Carlsberg have joined forces to back Avantium, which is developing new plant-based plastic.
Avantium seeks to reduce the market’s reliance on fossil fuels by developing fully plant-based plastic. The new plastic-like material it has developed is made from corn, wheat, and beet sugars.
Using these materials, it is suggested that all of their products will be able to decompose within one year.
“This plastic has very attractive sustainability credentials because it uses no fossil fuels and can be recycled—but would also degrade in nature much faster than normal plastics do,” Avantium’s chief executive, Tom Van Aken, said to The Guardian.
The new plant-based bottles will dissolve in a few years if left outside in normal conditions.
These degradable bottles have been called stylish, and I have to say, I’m definitely not opposed to them myself!
This cause is hoping to lower the amount of plastic our society uses these days and gives us a safer alternative for our lifestyles. What do you think of this idea? Comment below and let us know!