Why are our bottles different from others?
Better for the environment, better for your customers
The plant resources used to make 100% Plant made bottles are sustainable, reduction in carbon emissions on production, no drain on finite resources such as crude oil which is used to make PET, no health fears, large number of end of life options, so as we say better for the environment and better for you. A true step in the right direction.
Neither our bottle nor our caps contain PET
But our 100% PLA biodegradable bottles:
- USE 50% less fossil fuel in manufacture
- EMIT 60% less greenhouse gases
- SAVE 1 litre of oil for every 24 bottles manufactured
And unlike some traditional PET plastic containers, ours won’t leach potentially harmful chemicals into the product either. So your products stay as pure as the moment they were bottled. They look great too, thanks to the outstanding bottle clarity and glass-like transparency that exceeds the visual appeal of PET bottles.
100% Plant made bottles derived from naturally-occurring plants
Production of our Plant made bottles starts with dextrose as the base feedstock used in a fermentation process (much like beer or wine), which converts sugar to lactic acid. We use that lactic acid to then create a polymer, which is later converted to produce the bottles.
Only 0.04% of the annual global crop is used to produce PLA, this means there is little to no impact on world food pricing.
VARIOUS END OF LIFE SOLUTIONS
END OF LIFE OPTIONS
Ingeo has more end-of-life options than any traditional plastic. Products made with Ingeo are compatible with existing recycling systems, can be cleanly incinerated, and are completely stable in landfill – still the unfortunate fate for most of today’s plastics. When thinking about environmental impact, it is important to recognize that true eco-advantage starts at the beginning. By design, using Ingeo results in 75% less greenhouse gases than the oil-based PET plastic it replaces, even if both end up in a landfill.
Ingeo biopolymer is made primarily of polylactic acid (PLA), a repeating chain of lactic acid, which undergoes a 2-step degradation process. First, the moisture and heat in the compost pile splits the polymer chains apart, creating smaller polymers, and finally, lactic acid. Micro-organisms in compost and soil consume the smaller polymer fragments and lactic acid as nutrients. Since lactic acid is widely found in nature, a large number of organisms metabolise lactic acid. The end result of composting is carbon dioxide, water and humus, a soil nutrient. This degradation process is temperature and humidity dependent.
Infra Red Sorting
Near Infra Red sorting is the industry’s preferred plastics sorting technology because it can accurately identity the many different polymers already in use today (different polymers reflect an identifiable light spectrum). Testing on widely-used present-day technology proved that Ingeo can be identified in the mixed waste plastics stream with very high accuracy.
Incineration – Waste to Energy
Another end-of-life option used globally is incineration to produce energy.
Home Compost Heaps
Properly managed home compost heaps operate at a temperature of > 60o C which means that the bottles will biodegrade in a home compost heap under these conditions.
Our Award Winning Plant Made bottles are your only choice for truly compostable bottles in the UK and Europe.
100% Plant made bottles won’t undo what damage has already been done to the environment – but they may just help to stem the tide of plastic pollution and offer a better future for those we love and the future they inherit.
Even if our bottles are disposed of carelessly or recklessly, they pose no long-term threat to the environment, unlike PET bottles.