Changing an industry can sometimes be a massive uphill battle. But when eight million tons of plastic currently finds its way into the ocean every year – the equivalent of one truckload every minute – something needs to be done.
Well, chemistry expert James Longcroft, 27, has developed a fully biodegradable bottle that’s made from paper and a secret combination of plant-based materials and it could help save the planet’s oceans from plastic pollution.
James also says that the bottle, which uses no fossil fuels in production, can also be eaten by sea life.
The development of the bottle happened after months of experimenting at James’s kitchen table. It’s here where he came up with a paper bottle with a waterproof liner. The secret materials in the liner bind to the paper casing, creating a seal within the bottle.
When the bottle is left in a landfill or thrown in the ocean, the paper decomposes from the outside in. The steel cap then breaks down within a year.
But there is a hurdle.
James says he’s trying to raise money to get his bottle on the market. He, however, is going up against an old and established industry. He hopes to raise $34,000 to roll out production for his company Choose Water.
Plastic pollution is ruining the ecosystems of the world. It litters shorelines, snags animals and suffocates entire populations of animals.
The amount of plastic trash in the world’s oceans will outweigh fish by 2050 unless the world takes drastic action.
More than half of the plastic waste that flows into the oceans comes from just five countries: China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.
China is responsible for 2.4 million tons of plastic that makes its way into the ocean. The United States contributes 77,000 tons, which is less than 1 percent of the world total.
(sources: IFL Science, Edinburgh News)