How green is my bottle?

The label proudly proclaimed this was an eco-bottle because the plastic was made from plants, in contrast to most other plastics which are made from oil.

It didn’t say whether the total impact on the environment of producing the bottle was greater or less because of that but as it was the only bottle available and I had left home without water to take on a walk I bought it.

I drank the water but kept the bottle to re-use it, thinking that would be the right thing to do with an eco-bottle.

But alas, look what happened when the plastic met hot water:


It’s called Charlie’s Honest Water, but is it being honest about the eco-bottle? The PR  says it’s good, but how good is it if it can’t be reused?

I know that it’s better to use tap water in a reusable bottle, but for those occasions when that’s not available should I opt for a one-use eco-bottle or a plastic-from-oil one which doesn’t collapse when it’s washed?

Or is it true that the ones that don’t collapse leach nasties into the water so shouldn’t be reused anyway?

Kermit was right, it’s not easy being green – especially when you don’t know whether what you are doing is good for your health and that of the planet and what’s simply greenwash.

5 Responses to How green is my bottle?

  1. Mr Dennis says:

    All plastic is made from plants or animals. The only difference is that some plastic is made from plants that died some time ago and have been buried for a while, and other plastic is made from plants that have been grown recently.

    When you think about it that way, the whole idea of making “eco-plastic” from plants is rather ridiculous.

  2. DC says:

    Ele, for plastic bottles, the softer they are the more prone they are too leach, particularly when heated. Not having seen the life cycle costs of these plant-based bottles, I have no idea either if they deserve the title.

    Dennis, the plastic made from plants that die some time ago are so chemically different from those made from plants recently it’s not funny. It’s the chemistry that matters in human health and environmental impacts.

  3. pmofnz says:

    Good to see you doing your bit for Anti-Earth keeping the thermostat set to high.

  4. homepaddock says:

    PM – not anti-earth, just pro science and facts rather than emotion and greenwash.

  5. Lita says:

    I’d trust Kermit way before I would trust Ellis’ Charlie products!

    I attempt to recycle everything, but despair when it becomes clear that my efforts still go in a landfill, or are sold to China. It’s a total bummer, it should be easier to know when we are doing the right thing. Same with Earth Hour, I appreciate the concept and am prepared to support it if only that it raises awareness, but there is no transparency about whether my lights off and other efforts actually make a difference. I went through 5 tealight candles on Saturday, which the boyf pointed out meant severely underpaid 3rd world children had to work harder to make me more cheap candles. Ugh.

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