Biodegradable Bottle by Ari Jónsson, Iceland Biodegradable Bottle by Ari Jónsson, Iceland
Biodegradable Bottle by Ari Jónsson, Iceland Biodegradable Bottle by Ari Jónsson, Iceland
Biodegradable Bottle by Ari Jónsson, Iceland Biodegradable Bottle by Ari Jónsson, Iceland
Biodegradable Bottle by Ari Jónsson, Iceland Biodegradable Bottle by Ari Jónsson, Iceland

Biodegradable bottle

04 : 04 : 2016 Ari Jónsson : DesignMarch : Iceland Academy Of The Arts

Iceland – Designer Ari Jónsson has created a prototype for a biodegradable bottle made from red algae powder.

  • The bottle is made from 100% natural materials and the water stored inside is safe to drink
  • The bottle decomposes in a matter of days

Jónsson, who studies at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, presented the bottle at this year’s Reykjavik design festival DesignMarch, in response to the growing issue of waste plastic.

It is estimated that as much as 8m tonnes of plastic enters the world’s oceans each year, a fact Jónsson hopes can one day be redressed through innovative design solutions.

When red algae powder is added to water, the resulting jelly-like material is strong enough to be used as a container. Once it has been emptied of liquid, the bottle immediately begins to lose its shape and decompose – a useful feature that enables it to be discarded without damaging the environment.

The Big Picture

Enormous amounts of waste plastic is one of the greatest problems of modern society. Consumers and brands alike are beginning to view this waste as an opportunity. To find out more, read our Whole-system Thinking macrotrend. 

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