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ECO FOR LIFE, A PLANT BOTTLE LEAVING NO TRACES BEHIND

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ECO FOR LIFE IS A SUSTAINABLE ALTERNATIVE TO PLASTIC THAT BIODEGRADES AND COMPOSTS NATURALLY, CAUSES NO HARM TO THE ENVIRONMENT WHEN PRODUCED, AND DOES NOT EMIT TOXIC FUMES WHEN INCINERATED. THE USE OF THIS SUBSTITUTE, MADE FROM FERMENTED PLANT STARCH, IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY POPULAR AND HERE WE DISCUSS ITS IMPLICATIONS.

Words By Lida Ormol

The bottle made 100% from plants

Eco for Life means anything eco-friendly, characterised by the pursuit of a common deal that is intended to last for life, and not just for a while. Eco for Life bottles are robust enough to contain the water, can be rinsed, and refilled. Avoiding single-use, they provide a regenerative alternative, in an attempt to solve the traditional plastic crisis.

Where did the initiative to establish Eco for Life come from?

The inspiration to establish came during the visit of one of the founders to a Southeast Asian spa, where he was offered water not in any bottle, but one made 100% from plants. Leaving him with quite some surprise, it then drove the curiosity to research how it was created. The revolutionary technology of artificial chemical and toxin free biodegradable bottles gained his full attention and since then has been used in the production of Eco for Life bottles. 

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How are Eco for Life plant bottles made?

Marco Polo Intercontinental Ltd currently produces the bottles in custom-made mold size of 500ml from polylactic Acid (PLA), which is a biodegradable, compostable and renewable plant source, making it environmentally a friendly choice of plastic. Under the right circumstances, Eco for Life bottles break into its natural elements, which can be used as a valuable soil supplement. This is in contrast to the centuries it takes, for traditional plastics to decompose.

And so to say, the land mass required for feedstock production is less and the PLA bottles require only 1/20 of 1% (0.05%) of the annual global corn crop for all applications worldwide, so there is little to no imposed impacts on food prices or supply. The process does not require corn specifically; only a sugar source is needed. This could also include sugar beets, sugar cane, wheat and more. It is worth highlighting that, not only the bottles, but also the bottle caps are biodegradable and compostable, and the bottle labels are printed with high grade ink from the plants.

“Every journey starts with a first step, and it is the future, the only sustainable future we have.”

The end of Life options

The Eco for Life plant bottles, in comparison to bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), have more end of life options, which means that they are compatible with existing recycling systems. Even if they accumulate in landfills; in theory they are more likely to break down naturally, be composted and are non-toxic because they contain no oil, therefore release no harmful chemicals into the environment. While the vast majority of plastic bottles made from fossil fuel may degrade into pieces but won’t be absorbed by its surroundings when left to rot in landfill.

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Educating consumers about plant vs traditional plastic bottles

The increasing interest in use of biodegradable and compostable bottles indicates that people are becoming more conscious about bringing change into their lives. However, they still need to be educated about the often-overlooked fact that plastic is made from the chemicals, sourced from fossil fuels such as; crude oil that is a finite resource, and it takes lots of it just to produce one plastic water bottle, much like the fuel used in their cars which receives far more attention.

Challenges for Eco for Life

A great challenge was fitting closures of the cap on bottles, because they are made from two different materials. Likewise, biodegradable and compostable products are gradually finding adoption among consumers, mainly owing to their low adverse environmental impact and growing demand for more sustainable alternative options has resulted in a higher price since it is comparatively a new form of packaging for water bottles. Yes, it is true that biodegradable and compostable products have been present in the market from before, but to blow a bottle made from a plant based substance is a challenging task.

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