It’s time for another installment of “Israel Invents Something Cool That the World Will Definitely Need.” This week’s feature is the biodegradable plastic bottle made out of corn starch. Most plastics are made from an oil base, which makes the molecules artificial and non-disintegrating, so then you need the mafia to recycle them and it doesn’t get pretty. Plastic made out of corn starch, once buried, gets eaten by bacteria and the nutrients redispersed into the earth once again. No need to recycle, assuming you dispose of it properly.
Coming out of a manufacturing company based in Kibbutz Ashdot Yakov the Israeli version is believed to be the worldâ€™s first to produce disintegrating bottles with disintegrating labels as well.
The bottles are scheduled to be distributed to guests of next weekâ€™s Plasto Ispak plastics exhibition at the Israel Trade Fairs and Convention Center in Tel Aviv, a batch of the first 5,000.
The bottles, if placed in compost, disintegrate totally within 90 days. The only problem is, most Israelis don’t take their organic trash to a composting facility or bury it in the backyard. As a result, marketing will begin on a small scale. “Thereâ€™s no point in flooding the market when anyway it wonâ€™t decompose since most Israelis still donâ€™t compost their waste in the house or yard,â€ said Eco Joe Chairman Avner Inbar:
“We hope that Israel will start pushing advanced waste treatment methods which are more environmentally safe. Then we will be able to widely market the bottle.â€