Feb 21, 2011

Science Scene - Papier Mache Milk Bottle

Since the average plastic bottle takes 500 years to decompose, more solutions to this rapidly growing landfill crisis are needed, quickly.

An English inventor has come up with a sturdy papier-mache bottle that can be recycled or composted. Local Suffolk dairies are trying it out and now Asda (Walmart) is putting it in some of their stores. So how does it work...

The GreenBottle is made out of papier-mache and has a plastic liner inside to keep the milk fresh. The paper outer shell is compostable and biodegradable. It will break down naturally when disposed of on a compost heap and can be recycled up to seven times. On the compost heap, it will only take a few weeks to decompose.

The inner liner is made of recycled plastic. It can be recycled along with other plastics in the weekly recycling collection. It takes up less than 0.5% of the space of a plastic bottle if dumped in a landfill.

The GreenBottle consumes a third of the energy used to make a plastic bottle and has a carbon footprint that is 48% lower than plastic.



  1. I'm all for this, even though I hate milk and never buy it.

  2. i think this is a great idea!


  3. Sounds great to me. Though I must admit I like to see what I'm drinking, from the outside of the bottle. So if I couldn't, I might be a wee bit hesitant.

  4. Dag! A strong reason for me to shop at Wal-Mart!!

    It is getting a little harder to hate the new evil empire!

  5. Score!! That is a great idea! We should be starting to use these for everything asap.

  6. WOW!!! This is great! FINALLY!!! If that works well, just think... it'll be used for juices, water, probably even CD's!!

  7. Awesome idea. They won't be able to roll bio-containers out fast enough to make me happy. I'm looking forward to the day when everything is in a bio-container/bio-wrapper.


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