Agthia set to launch Middle East’s first plant-based water bottle

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In Abu Dhabi, food and beverage company Agthia Group PJSC is set to launch the region’s first plant-based water bottle, which biodegrades within 80 days.

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.