The bottles, which debuted at the recent Gulfood 2020 expo, are made from corn sugar, while the caps are made from sugarcane. Compared to conventional, petroleum-based plastics production, making the biobased bottles lowers energy consumption by 60%. However, the bottles do have a reduced shelf-life.
Agthia aims to make 5% of its bottles from plant-based raw materials by next year. The company also has a partnership with Veolia to enable more recycling of polyethylene terephthalate in the Middle East. The pact includes an app to improve plastics collection from homes.