2 April 2012

Biodegradable bottle

With the biodegradable bottle cycling just got even greener

Cycling isn’t just healthy and fun it’s also one of the key ways for developing sustainable transportation models for our increasingly congested cities filled with noise and atmospheric pollution.

To make cycling even greener the Portuguese company Polisport has developed a bottle for cyclists which is also a friend to the environment. This bottle is made from biodegradable plastic made from renewable sources.

The bioplastic is called APINAT, developed and patented by API Spa. APINAT can be used to replace the majority of traditional plastics on the market. In the case of the biodegradable bottle made by Polisport, APINAT performs as a polyolefin for use with foodstuffs (eg. polyethylene PE or polypropylene PP) but with one unparalleled advantage over traditional polyolefins: it decomposes under controlled composting conditions.

APINAT is certified as biodegradable in an aerobic environment according to EN 13432 and EN 14995 standards as well as American standard ASTM D6400.

But its environmental credentials go even further as the formula of APINAT used to produce this biodegradable bottle comes from renewable sources which helps reduce the CO2 emissions that create greenhouse gases. These materials contribute to climate protection and assist in reaching the goals set out in the Kyoto protocol.

Polisport has already produced thousands of biodegradable bottles using the extrusion blow moulding process on traditional machines for plastic production without needing to make any changes to their existing equipment.

Source: Applicazioni Plastiche Industriali, 2012-04-02.


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