Entire blogs are dedicated to how bad bottled water is for the environment. And we’ve written our fair share about it including: Healthy Water Bottles, Stainless Steel Water Bottles, Glass Water Bottles, and 8 Ways to Save Water While Traveling. But the reality is that sometimes bottled water is the only option, especially when traveling.
Thankfully, there are great new innovations in bottles – including biodegradable water bottles. Redleaf, Canada’s ultra-premium water, is now available in the United States. They have introduced a more earth-friendly water bottle – the Bio Bottle.
What is a biodegradable water bottle?
Here are some of its qualities and what makes it so great:
- Biodegrades in an average of 15 years (the average PET bottles take 500-1,000 years)
- Bio Bottles can be recycled with traditional PET bottles
- Bio Bottles don’t degrade on the shelf (in case you were worried or wondering)
Pepsi recently launched their own Plant Bottles (hat tip to TriplePundit’s Paul Smith) but the Bio Bottle is different:
The Plant Bottle is fully recyclable, has a lower reliance on a non-renewable resource, and reduces carbon emissions when compared with petroleum-based PET plastic bottles. The Plant Bottle is made from a blend of petroleum-based materials and up to 30 percent plant-based materials.
However, by bringing the biodegradable additive to the PET bottle industry, BIO BOTTLES will biodegrade in any microbial condition. The key ingredient is the additive which marks the difference between a plant bottle and a BIO BOTTLE because the Plant bottle is IN NO WAY biodegradable.
We had a lot of questions before trying the Redleaf Bio Bottle. One of the most interesting and admirable qualities about Redleaf’s process their 1:1 water ration. They employ a 1:1 bottling ratio so that no water is wasted.
This surpasses the bottled water industry which averages 6:1. As an example, this means that six liters of water is wasted for every 1 liter produced. Readleaf has zero waste.
Their proprietary production method considers the environment by balancing the environment with healthy hydration and ensures the longevity of the source. They use only what is needed for bottling without any waste.
We we mentioned, we are huge proponents of bringing our own reusable water bottles wherever we go. Manufacturers are even making great water bottles with filters now. There just isn’t a real excuse anymore as to having to use disposable water bottles as they come in BPA-free plastic, in stainless steel, and in glass, as well as in many different sizes.
We’ve seen them in 56 ounce sizes down to 8 ounce and 6 ounce sizes for kids. The most popular are around 16 ounces. Sometimes there is just no choice, maybe while traveling or a at a party, and you have use a disposable plastic water bottle. When you do, it’s great to make the eco-friendly choice and choose Redleaf biodegradable water bottles.
Redleaf sent us one of their biodegradable water bottles for review, and the water is great, the bottle is sturdy, and overall it seems like the best choice for bottled water when you are unable to drink from the tap.
Hopefully U.S. companies will follow the Canadians’ lead. We would definitely choose this water bottle over the traditional throwaway recyclable plastic water bottles.