The Truth about Bio-Plastic
Biodegradable Water Bottles
Does bottled water
quench your thirst but not your guilt?
That’s where Biota Spring Water comes in. The
Well, maybe. The bottles degrade in approximately 75 to 80 days, but require “commercial composting conditions” to do so. This generally means a steady temperature of 140 degrees which rules out most home composting bins.
There are ways to make the product decompose more rapidly. Ken Dunn of the Resource Center in
Growing corn requires oil to fuel tractors and create fertilizer. And an increased demand for the crop may cause more land clearing, which itself could hasten global warming.
"Bioplatics are at best a transitional technology until people get over the idea of cheap, easy, disposable plastic bottles," Dunn said. "We need to focus on consuming less and recycling more—even if it is biodegradable."
Bottom line? A better plastic ain't that much better.