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. There’s something to keep in mind though. While bottles of H2O may only cost a dollar or two, the environmental cost is actually far higher.

For starters, billions of plastic water bottles end up in landfills and oceans every year. 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. 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.

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 out 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. Jennifer

    I think it is the next big thing because, plastic water bottles are dangerous to us and our environments. The plastic from a water bottle is getting into the water that we drink so we are drinking plastic in a way.

  2. Kaylyn Whitlock

    No the Biodegradable Water Bottles are not the next big thing because it looks gross and that nobody would probability will not drink it or eat it.

  3. austin burt

    i think people wont buy them thsts the problem i would

  4. suhurrith adhikari

    Yes because it’s not making any pollution

  5. Van Kong

    No it will be bad for kids because what if Babies or kids eat it

  6. Linda

    No it will taste like seaweed

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