SA company makes biodegradable sugar cane bottles to replace plastic

A 100% biodegradable bottle made from sugar cane is being manufactured by the Air Water company. The company introduced machines that make water from the air to SA about 12 years ago, and it has embarked on a "Zero Plastic, Zero Harm" campaign.

Speaking to Kieno Kammies on the Breakfast Show on CapeTalk, Ray De Vries, founder and CEO of Airwater said the idea emerged during the Cape Town drought.

The process of making these bottles involves the sugar cane fiber and a polylactic acid being used to make the bottle. The beauty of it is that it is 100% compostable.

If you put the bottle in a compost heap, it will disappear within 150 days. It adds nutrients to the soil and if you burn it, it is a very good waste to energy fuel and is totally non-toxic.

Ray De Vries - Founder and CEO of Airwater

The concept behind this was to create a plastic bottle - where every single component, including the lid and the label, are biodegradable.

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