It is no secret that the oceans of the world are becoming our plastic dumps. A global plastic crisis is occurring and it may soon be too late to reverse the negative effects that humans have had on mother nature. That does not mean that people do not try. People from all over the world are working day and night to try to find ecological solutions that help reduce our carbon footprint, hoping to save this planet for our great-grandchildren. For example, a man based in Edinburgh has invented what we hope will be the water bottle of the future.
The inventor, Mr. Longcroft, has created a bottle that is made of plant materials on the outside with a waterproof lining on the inside that is completely biodegradable. When it is discarded, either in a landfill or in the ocean, the paper begins to decompose due to the elements. Only when the exterior is compromised, which can happen a few hours after being thrown, the bottle will begin to disintegrate from the outside. It has a lifespan like any other water bottle, about 18 months, maybe a little less. Even marine life will benefit because they can even eat the bottle!
"The main obstacle we face is breaking into a saturated market and competing with an old and established industry," Longcroft said. "Changing an industry will be a massive uphill battle, but with public support we will change the way we see bottled water," he said.
The bottles are currently being made by hand, which clearly is not feasible in the long term. He is running a crowdfunding campaign with the hope of raising enough capital to mass produce the bottles. You can support this initiative and our planet here.