Did this kid just solve the earth’s plastic problem?
The amount of plastic bottles that the earth produces per year is ridiculous.
Last year alone in the U.S 50 billion plastic bottles were produced, and only a tiny fraction of that were recycled.
Much of this non-recycled plastic ends up in the sea, and there are now huge plastic islands floating around many of our oceans.
Getting people to recycle their garbage seems to have fallen on deaf ears, and to solve the problem, the solution needed to include the fact that most of these products will end up in the environment.
Ari Jónsson’s idea focuses on what happens to the bottles once they eventually end up in the sea.
He has created a plastic bottle made from red algae powder, a substance which is strong enough to be made into a bottle, but which disintegrates once it is in the earth’s environment, dissolving back to it’s natural state.
Ari said he was inspired to create the bottle after reading about the earth’s plastic problem.
“I read that 50 per cent of plastic is used once and then thrown away so I feel there is an urgent need to find ways to replace some of the unreal amount of plastic we make.”
He poignantly added:
“Why are we using materials that take hundreds of years to break down in nature to drink from once and then throw away?”
The bottles are made by being created in a mold, and then placed in a freezer to set. The bottles last long enough to provide the user with on-the-go water but they then start to decompose shortly after that. The bottle will keep its shape as long as it is still full of water – an ingenious touch.