World’s First Biodegradable Water Bottle Is Made with Food Waste

By: | January 26th, 2023

Image by cove

Did you know that people in the U.S. throw away over 60 million plastic water bottles in just one day? Most of these bottles pollute streets, parks, and waterways or end up in landfills.

Cove, the California-based material innovation company, has launched the first biodegradable water bottles. Although it looks like ordinary plastic, is plastic-free, biodegradable, renewable, non-toxic, and compostable. This single-use bottle feels like a typical water bottle but is not transparent.

Image by cove

These water bottles are made up of a sustainably sourced, naturally occurring biopolymer called PHA

PHA is made through fermentation. The material biodegrades in all natural environments without producing any toxic waste. However, decomposition time will vary from 1.5 to 4.5 years depending on the environment. It is still not perfect, but it decomposes 200 times faster than plastic bottles.

“Plastic water bottles have become the emblem of our modern pollution crisis,” said Alex Totterman, founder and CEO of Cove. “By bringing a truly biodegradable alternative to plastic to customers and the industry as a whole, we can begin to reduce plastic waste in our communities.”


Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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