ABOUT TERRA WATER
Cap, Bottle, and Label
THE FIRST BOTTLE OF ITS KIND
PET plastic bottles raise tremendous issues for our environment.
We at Terra Water Co have decided to do something about it.
Plastic recycling is often referred to as PET recycling but in actual fact plastic bottles and containers that are put for recycling are many different plastics such as PET, HDPE, PLU etc. which are all collected together as ‘plastics’. These different plastics are then sorted before being treated and of course PLA can be sorted in the same way. PLA has the added advantage and more ‘end of life’ options than any other oil based petroleum plastic. In particular, the Infra Red Sorting technique used in ‘plastic’ sorting identifies the many different polymers already in use. PLA can be identified with extremely high accuracy and subsequently sent for composting.
Unlike plastics made from petroleum, PLA doesn’t leak toxins into surroundings because there are none in PLA. It just sits there, inert. Unlike petroleum, the carbon material used to make PLA wasn't drilled out of the ground, but was formed from plants. Many areas burn PET, PLA would be the answer.
1. PLA POLYMERS AND SOLVENTS ARE NOT CARCINOGENIC.
They reduce our dependency on petroleum oil. PET is made from finite, non-renewable fossil fuel, while PLA is made from renewable plant materials. An economy based on renewable resources is the foundation of sustainability.
2. BIO PLASTICS ARE A HUGE STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
It is also non-toxic, lower energy and lower greenhouse gas emitting material than ANY petroleum oil based plastics.
3. PLA IS A RENEWABLE RESOURCE
in place to deal with ‘end of life’ than those necessary for other oil based plastics. This is no different than different infrastructures being put into place to deal with paper or cardboard or aluminum cans. Nothing was in place to deal with these ‘new’ packaging materials when they were first used in large disposable quantities or as packaging materials. PLA has evolved tremendously and of course the existing infrastructure to compost and handle it in recycling streams is not complete however every day recycling plants are adjusting to better sorting, sustainability and evolving to help our Planet. Investment and indeed education is still needed in this area and we are working hard on that. Exciting stuff!