A bottle that decays in water can save our oceans, seas and rivers. The process of biodegradation of the bottle begins within a few hours, and the complete decomposition takes about three weeks. The ecological invention belongs to the 27-year-old Londoner James Longcroft. A chemist by profession, a graduate of Durham University, called his invention ‘Choose Water’. He states that such bottles can prevent large-scale pollution of the oceans.
It is known that about eight tons of plastic fall into the world's waters annually. Choose Water is made of non-toxic, stable and natural materials and is a paper bottle with a waterproof insert. This insert does not allow the liquid inside to get onto the paper casing and lead to its destruction. But when the bottle gets into the water or dump, the paper begins to decompose, and then the inner layer. James says that the biodegradation process begins within a few hours, and the bottle will finish decomposing in three weeks. The thin steel lid will decompose in about a year.
The inventor believes that the expiration date will be the same as that of ordinary bottled water. The cost of making Choose Water is about 5 pennies more than a disposable plastic bottle. Two years ago, James dealt with bottled water supplies to Africa, but last year he ceased his activity after studying the impact of disposable plastic on the environment. Now he needs £25 thousand to promote his invention, which he hopes to get from sponsors.