New “disappearing bottle” to be made from potato starch

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By Adam Houser 

In an intriguing development, a new biodegradable bottle has been invented that disintegrates once torn up and placed under water.

The product, called “GoneShells,” is made from potato, and can be composted, disposed of under tap water, or even eaten.

As reported by World Bio Market Insights:

The innovative biodegradable packaging material is made from potato.

What makes GoneShells innovative is the speed of and the multiple alternatives of degradation. With a bottle that can be home composted, eaten or dissolved under the water tap in the kitchen sink, the objectives are to create less strain on recycling systems and reduce problems associated with packaging materials ending up in nature. With a bottle designed to be torn apart after it has been used, the idea is that oneself can speed up the decomposition process. When you break the packaging and then put it in contact with water, a natural reaction starts to break down the bottle immediately – and that’s how we created a bottle with the ability to disappear by itself.

GoneShells aim to address the need for new biobased packaging materials. Together with Eckes-Granini and Brämhults, we have explored the possibility to use the material for their juices and smoothies. Supported by BioInnovation, a joint venture by Vinnova, Formas and Swedish Energy Agency – development is carried out along with the design of prototypes.”

Some obvious questions arise from the bottling idea, mainly, that could such an easily destructible bottle be safe for packaging and transport? How does the bottle not decompose when carrying liquids if it is so easily destroyed via water or saliva? Does the material effectively keep the food or beverages safe from germs and bacteria?

Only time will tell if this prototype shows real commercial promise for recycling and waste solutions.

Read the full story in World Bio Market Insights here.


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  • Adam Houser coordinates student leaders as National Director of CFACT’s collegians program and writes on issues of climate and energy.