Saturday, August 29, 2009

Enso Bottles.Environmentally Friendly Biodegradable Plastic Bottle Solution

I was reading an article about Teresa Marie Clark, co-founder of Enso Bottles, and discovered that Enso produces environmentally friendly biodegradable PET bottles for consumer and commercial use as the solution to traditional plastic bottles contributing to the massive landfill waste. The bottles are different than others because they're not Oxo-degradable or PLA (corn based) plastic. Enso bottles unique preform and blown bottles break down through microbial action into inert humus and biogas leaving behind no harmful materials. Their bottles are also recyclable. Healthy for you and the environment, how awesome is that?

Enso Bottles was started in 2008 and rolled out this year with the goal to produce a more sustainable, environmentally friendly solution to the PET bottling industry. Their long-term goals are to develop renewable and sustainable sources of bioplastics which are derived from non-food feedstocks. Their future products will assist in reducing our dependence on unsustainable resources such as fossil fuels and current biodegradable products will greatly assist in reducing plastic bottle pollution in both landfill and ocean environments. The researchers developed their bottles by adjusting the polymer chain of traditional PET bottles by adding organic compounds and microbial nutrients. This makes it more attractive to microbes enabling it to be broken down faster.

The first bottled water company to begin using the Enso bottles was a California producer called AquaMantra that expected their first shipments to be delivered in May of 2009. Other manufacturers and producers have followed suit.

To read more about Enso Bottles Enso Bottles Home Page
To see the list of product Enso Bottle Products

What are your thoughts on this product and the company's goals? Let me know.

Sources:
Ode-Intelligent Optimists
WaterWebster.org
TCE Today

5 comments:

kate said...

Very cool! I still like my Klean Kanteen, but every so often I get a craving for a Gatorade or something from a convenient store and this would make me feel less guilty even though I recycle everything.

Can you put them in a regular recycling bin though? or do they have to be thrown out as trash? -kate

Tricia said...

Wow, that is amazing! I have never heard of bioplastics that are derived from non-food feedstock. THis is a great step in the right direction. Great company :)

TC said...

@ Kate. I prefer the Klean Kanteen as well but am happy to hear about Enso. Yes, they can be recycled just like ordinary plastic so you can put them in your recycling bin.

@Tricia. Yea, I thought this was pretty cool. Companies like this need to get more exposure so that we can continue to move in the right direction in our consumer oriented lifestyles.

del said...

This must be the future of our packaging. We as consumers must call our favorite beverage makers and request innovations such as these if we are to make a difference. Otherwise, it is status quo and we continue to pollute our planet at an alarming rate. Well done Enso!

TC said...

I couldn't agree more Del. These concepts must drive the future of packaging.