In Abu Dhabi, food and beverage company Agthia Group PJSC is set to launch the Middle East’s first plant-based water bottle made from corn sugar with caps made from sugarcane, and can biodegrade within 80 days. And lots of new biobased packaging solutions are coming out of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s Protective Packaging Design Challenge 5 finalists including one company that used compostable materials combined with seafood waste such as shrimp shells, and another that uses mushrooms and agricultural byproducts to create home compostable protective packaging for e-commerce applications.
In today’s Digest, get the latest news on these innovations and others like a new bamboo diaper service that will take used diapers for composting and send you new ones in exchange, Corbion’s news of building a new PLA plant, and more!
#1 Agthia set to launch Middle East’s first plant-based water bottle
In Abu Dhabi, food and beverage company Agthia Group PJSC is set to launch the region’s first plant-based water bottle, which biodegrades within 80 days.
The bottles, which debuted at the recent Gulfood 2020 expo, are made from corn sugar, while the caps are made from sugarcane. Compared to conventional, petroleum-based plastics production, making the biobased bottles lowers energy consumption by 60%. However, the bottles do have a reduced shelf-life.
Agthia aims to make 5% of its bottles from plant-based raw materials by next year. The company also has a partnership with Veolia to enable more recycling of polyethylene terephthalate in the Middle East. The pact includes an app to improve plastics collection from homes.
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