SodaStream Intl. Ltd. has unveiled a new Bio Bottle for its SodaStream flavors syrup containers. The bottles use an additive that enables them to decompose much faster than conventional plastic. SodaStream has partnered with Bio-Tec Environmental LLC to use its EcoPure biodegradable technology for the Bio Bottle.
"Over 340 billion bottles and cans are not recycled every year. Most of them are thrown away, with the majority ending up in landfill," states Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream. "SodaStream's reusable carbonation bottle is the heart of our environmental benefit. And now with the Bio Bottle, even our flavor packaging is eco-friendly, as we can now reduce the environmental impact of our syrup containers. We are proud to lead in the development of the first widely-distributed soda packaging that decomposes at a significantly faster rate than conventional plastic. This brings us one step closer to a zero-footprint packaging solution, and helps achieve our goal of a world free from bottles and cans."
The Bio Bottle is made with material that helps it biodegrade into organic components in a landfill or compost facility in as little as five years instead of the usual 450 years or more. This is based on ASTM D-5511-02 testing. SodaStream flavor packaging will begin adding the technology later this year.
"We are proud to see the purpose of our technology being fulfilled by SodaStream's Bio Bottle," says John Lake, CEO and co-founder of Bio-Tec. "This application is a significant step towards what will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the health of our planet and its citizens."
Birnbaum concludes, "The SodaStream Bio Bottle demonstrates SodaStream's commitment to rid the world from the hazards of bottle packaging. We challenge the beverage industry to follow our lead and to consider similar projects to lessen the dangerous impact of their waste."
Source: SodaStream USA Inc.