Just as an FYI: A Montreal-based company called +1 Water, which sells bottled water, is claiming to be the first in Canada to sell its product in compostable plastic bottles made out of corn. They claim it’s a “socially responsible alternative for people who buy bottled water.” It calls into question, however, whether bottled water itself — if you ignore the bottle — is socially responsible. It reminds me of carbon offsets and how they help people feel less guilty about living a carbon-heavy, wasteful lifestyle. Curious to know what readers of this blog think?
Sure, it’s a great application of an emerging field of technology — bioplastics — but there’s something about this that makes me uneasy. Compostable plastic bags are one thing, but bottled water? Hmmm….