Plant-based bottle launched in Middle East

25 February 2020

UAE-based beverages group Agthia Group has launched what it claims is the region’s first plant-based water bottle.

The “Al Ain Plant Bottle” is made from 100% plant-based sources, including the cap, Agthia announced at the Gulfood 2020 event during the UAE Innovation Month.

Plant sources are converted into a durable resin that then goes to make the bottle biodegradable and compostable within 80 days.

It is being developed at Agthia’s new Packaging Technology Centre in Al Ain, under manufacturing conditions that consume 60% less energy during the entire process, according to the company.

The resin is made by converting plants into special polymer materials obtained from the fermentation of sugars, without using petroleum or petroleum byproducts.

Thani Al Zeyoudi, minister of climate change and environment for the UAE, who was present at the launch, said: “The launch of Al Ain’s plant-based water bottle... is a prime example of how innovation can go a long way in driving environmental sustainability.

“We hope to see more businesses across all sectors with the same level of awareness and commitment to reducing their footprint to ensure that the UAE remains sustainable well into the future.”

In another move towards sustainability Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is testing the dynamic wireless charging of electric vehicles and buses in motion using “Shaped Magnetic Field In Resonance” (SMFIR) technology in Dubai Silicon Oasis.

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