Vote: Are Biodegradable Water Bottles the Next Big Thing?

By Abbey Tiderman 04.16.2017 blog

 

Ahh…bottled water. It’s thirst-quenching and convenient. It’s there wherever we turn. After school, practice or rehearsal in the vending machines. Available for purchase at the cafe, mall or the movies. But while they each one may only cost a dollar or two, the environmental cost is actually far higher.

The truth is, billions of plastic water bottles end up in landfills and oceans every year here in the United States and around the world. And each one can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. But thankfully, sustainable-minded scientists and engineers are coming up with replacements for these plastic bottles. And one of them is Icelandic product designer Ari Jónsson, who began thinking about this problem as a college student. “We should ask ourselves, why are we using materials that take hundreds of years to break down in nature to drink from once and then throw away,” he said in a statement.

So Jónsson has developed an Algae Water Bottle that only retains its shape when filled with water. Once the water is drained from the bottle it immediately decomposes. Yes, really! The bottle is made out of red algae powder and is 100 percent biodegradable. Bonus, it stays cool naturally in warm weather!

Would you drink our of it? Vote and tell us what you think — you can even submit video comments to nbt@channelone.com. We will feature the results of the poll and some of your comments on the show!

comments

  1. Olivia Rademacher

    Yes! This idea will never ‘biodegrade’ away!

  2. Taylor

    They shouldn’t because people will think it’s fine to litter when it’s not.

  3. Nevaeh

    I think they are the next big thing because they are cool and good for the Earth

  4. Melissa

    This is a great way to diminish the amount of pollution in the environment. Biodegradeable water bottles will benefit the environment and reduce the amount of waste in our planet.

  5. kyle sena

    that look really cool

  6. kim

    No,because some people might not even use this bottle.If they are not going to use them so what is the point of having them

  7. Chloe

    No, I think that it would be gross to drink out of am algae water bottle than eating it. I also think that algae would be gross to eat.

  8. Jenna

    I think biodegradable water bottles are the NEXT BIG THING because they are great for the Earth and who knows what they would taste, it might surprise you!

  9. Nijaya

    I think both because sometimes people might want to not eat it even if it’s edible because some people not might like seaweed jelly and . I think that I could be because it would help in our environment.

  10. Tony said

    Yes, because we wouldn’t have to use plastic save our ecosystem.

  11. nic morrow

    No, I wouldn’t want my water to be filled with different things that I don’t know.

  12. Justise

    No, because what if you are allergic to anything in the sea. Then you would have an allergic reaction.

  13. Jojo

    Sure it’s good for the Earth and all but eating that… no no no not today;)!

  14. Chelsea

    Yes, because it actually decomposes and helps our earth, reducing the pollution and waste on the Earth. Thus, keeping us alive for longer, and the animals alive for longer.

  15. Riley Risher

    Yes, is the next big thing. It will limit the number of plastic bottles and will stop animals getting sick from eating the plastic bottles.

  16. Mrs. Vader

    I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t want my water bottle to look like a rotting spaghetti nooddle

  17. Grace H.

    No, its a good idea but the appearance of the bottle is gross.

  18. Tyler V

    I think they will be the NBT although i am not a fan of taking a sip of water and getting some seaweed jelly with it.

  19. Gamlet

    No because people could just recycle them,and I would not want to eat my bottle.

  20. Bethany

    No, people wouldn’t drink out of it because they would think its gross.

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