re:newal Bottled Spring Water Made From Plants, Not Oil
We all know bottled water is bad, but sometimes you may find yourself in a situation where thirst demands you buy a bottle rather than sip off a dirty gas station bathroom sink. Fortunately, companies like renewal premium spring water - 'The Eco-friendly water bottle', environmentally friendly bottles made from plants offer consumers a choice.
As families are increasingly moving to a more sustainable lifestyle
the bottled water industry is quickly trying to adapt to stay
relevant. This $11 billion business actually declined slightly in
2009 and there was a flurry of activity among traditional beverage
companies to try and adapt. PepsiCo introduced Eco-Fina with 50
percent less plastic. Coke introduced a "plant bottle" which actually
still contains 80% plastic from crude oil and Nestle introduced
Re-source made from 25% recycled plastic. The reality is that plastic
is still derived from crude oil and takes up to 1000 years to break
Other brands like 're:newal premium spring water' are taking a
completely different approach to change the business but introducing a
plant bottle made entirely from corn. The resin (known as PLA) is made
completely from plants and can be returned to the earth in its natural
state. re:newal is one of a small group of companies using this
material and re:newal is unique in combing natural spring water with a
100% biodegradable bottle and label.
The only unfortunate thing about this bottled water (besides being bottled water) is that the facility is located in Florida. In an ideal world, the few times we find we need bottled water, we would have options to purchase petroleum-free plastic bottles holding locally sourced water. The transportation of water across the country certainly bears a heavy carbon footprint and must be considered.
Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.
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Posted by Jennifer Lance at April 16, 2010 1:50 AM
The problem with the "natural" bio degradable plastic bottles is that they are not really very good. They are made from biotech corn or soy. I would rather have some phthalates (hormones)in my bottled water than neurotoxins and carcinogens leaching into the water. All the bad science-the plant is bad to begin with and can manifest itself since it is living. Then all the chemicals in the plant, deluged on the plant, tilled back into the ground and what isn't is made into nice bio degradable plastic bottles...bio degrade so that you can't see them anyway. The "un-natu-RuLe" molecules that the plants produce are something that nature did not make and most likely cannot break down.
The only good bio degradable bottle is one grown from organic or at least conventional crops. I am certain the biotechs thank you for your support- I don't. We, the environmental people have an ethical responsibility to the public to reject this type of thing. The general public relies on the knowledgeable people to show them the way. "It's ok, it has (this) benefit" just what corporations like the biotechs bank on. It must be all good or rejected for not being up to our standards. Thank you.