Bio Bottles

Natural spring water may be good for your health, but experts say the bottles most of us drink them out of are wreaking havoc on the environment.

But a new bottle of water being released here in the Panhandle is designed for both the health and environmentally conscious.

Jeff Brunk says his family consumes about 20 bottles of water a week.

"When you multiply that by how ever many people we have in Florida, it could get to be quite a bit of trash we're accumulating,” says Brunk.

What happens to all of those bottles?

"I've always thought about it, especially with the increase in bottle water supply, because of all the people that's drinking water it. You wonder what happens to the bottle,” shopper Doug Gray says.

According to the Container Recycling Institute, about 40 million water bottles end up in the trash every day. Plastic bottles like these will be in a landfill thousands of years after they're thrown away.

A company out of Colorado, Biota Brands hopes to make a big splash in the Panhandle. They're selling natural spring water, in the world’s first biodegradable bottles that break down in matter of months.

"There's plastic cups, bottles everywhere and a biodegradable container is good. I can't Imagine how it would happen. But if it works that's great,” says Lynn Haven’s Rick Koehnemann.

Biota says the process of making plastic from corn takes considerably less energy than making it from petroleum. But just how well will this fantastic plastic catch on?

"As long as it's not too expensive, it seems like a good idea to me."

"Cool, well, if the water taste just as good, then I'm all for it."

Some consumers say they should consider expanding their product line.

"I think this is just what we need and they need to be making diapers out of this,” suggests shopper Gabriel Bryant.

There's no word yet on biodegradable baby products, but consumers of bottle water can do their part to preserve the environment one bottle at a time. Those biodegradable bottles are only available at Publix.


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