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June 19, 2012

Protection For & From the Environment

There is a war on plastic water bottles! (Maybe not quite a war but certain a paramilitary action.) In the effort to move ourselves closer to a green planet we are no longer tolerating the millions upon millions water, juice and soda bottles that populate or refrigerators, bodega shelves and grocery stores around the world. We’re going biodegradable and it’s about time.

Inventorspot chronicles the evolution of the product:

Take the Biodegradable Portable & Reusable Drink Bottle from Village Vanguard. It comes in two sizes: 280ml (9.47 fl.oz) and 420ml (14.2 fl.oz) and a wide range of colors including pink, blue, green, red and black. There’s also a white can with green lettering – the other colors all feature white text.

The can-shaped bottles look very generic, like those “no-name” house brand cans of soda sold at no-frills type supermarkets. They’re made of corn-based PLA plastic, which is both recyclable and compostable. Until then, though, they’ll hopefully take the place of countless bottles and cans while keeping said bottles and cans out of landfills.

How you use these Biodegradable Portable & Reusable Drink Bottles is up to you. The lids form a hermetic seal to prevent leakage, and they have certain thermal retention properties thanks to double-walled linings. Since they’re meant to be re-used, it’s nice to know they’re both microwave and dishwasher compatible. 

There are many who believe the plastic water bottle is an environmental scourge, needing to be handled. Is this the first step?

Canberra (Austrlia) inventor Reg Mckay, having been diagnosed with skin cancer at thirty years old, has invented a chair to protect others from suffering his difficult fate. What started as a basic beach or outdoor accessory is now being developed into a larger line of products showcased at schools and camps to preach awareness.

Mr Mckay, who has suffered from skin cancer due to his extreme worship of the sun as a young man, pioneered the ”sunshader chair”, which completely protects the sitter from the sun. But he soon realised there was a great unmet need from sporting clubs and schools for a modified version of his original design and created a multi-seat version for use on the sidelines.

A man suffers pain and uses that pain to make the lives of others better. It is the foundation on with which many of our great products have been built.