Each and every week I get PR emails about supposedly “green” products, and while most of them are OK, some of them are just plain absurd. Last week I got an email from a PR agency about a new kind of bottle that is purportedly reusable, recyclable, and biodegradable…but yet is still made out of plastic. Once again, the greenwash monster strikes again, trying to sell yet another plastic product that gets disposed of instead of a product that is a one-time purchase that lasts forever.
The product is the BioGreen Bottle, which “contain an additive called Biobatch (formerly called EcoPure) which causes them to biodegrade when exposed to a microbial environment such as a landfill or compost pile. They degrade into biogas and a biomass that adds nutrients to the soil. Unlike degradable corn-based plastics, BioGreen Bottles are not affected by heat or light. They come in various sizes, and are great for kids, adults, cyclists, runners and just about anyone who is looking for a practical way to be greener.”
In reality, a “practical way” to be greener is to buy a reusable bottle made of aluminum or stainless steel that can be reused thousands and thousands of times and filled up with tap water. As long as it is maintained, it will last forever, is not made of plastic, and doesn’t need any fancy chemicals to render a formally non-biodegradable product biodegradable. That is truly a way to be “green”; buying plastic bottles is most definitely not.