Totally Green Bottles and Caps Honored At Bio-Based Innovation Awards

We are so proud to announce that “The Great Plastic Flip” from Totally Green Bottles and Caps (TGBC), the world’s first 100% compostable water bottle and cap, emerged as a “Highly Commended Bio-Based Product of the Year” at the 2017 Bio-Based Innovation Awards last week in San Diego, CA.  The awards are given to the stand out products that are available in North, Central, and South America that are derived from plants and other renewable agriculture providing an alternative to conventional petroleum-based products. The global community is definitely taking notice of the positive impact this compostable plant-based bottle can have on the landfill and oceanic just too much plastic waste crisis we are facing.


The award ceremony took place on September 27th at the Bio-Based Live Americas event, sponsored by Bio-Based World News, a leader in reporting on the global bio-based industry.  For two days, several hundred participants from mid-size to very large, well-known brands such as IBM, Procter & Gamble, Eastman, and SC Johnson, dedicated to promoting circular economy in their organizations came together.  All were focused on the same objective –getting conversion of petroleum-based plastics in the bio-plastic arena.  The conference agenda was jam packed with valuable expert insights on mastering technology, money, models and markets to achieve success.

Totally Green Bottles and Caps Founder/CEO, Bill Horner, was  a guest speaker for the “Making a Sustainable Business Model Commercially Successful” segment of the conference.  He shared how his first start-up in 2004, Naturally Iowa, was the first company to construct a plant-based, compostable half-gallon bottle that contained organic milk.  This laid the groundwork for today’s 100% compostable bottle and cap.  TGBC then joined forces with a leading Bio-Plastics manufacturer,  UrthPact LLC, headquartered in Leominster, MA, and was propelled to the finish line with the right resins and engineering expertise to meet all composting standards.  After the session, Bill participated in a lively Q+A panel moderated by Corinne Young of Rechem Renewable Chemicals and Materials Alliance, a well-known government and industry leader.  Bill enjoyed speaking with and learning from other conference participants like Mark Brodzinski, Deputy Administrator for Energy Programs at USDA in Washington D.C.


Totally Green Bottles and Caps is ready to become a major player on the bio-plastics world stage.  We are now taking purchase orders for closed loop facilities such as airports, schools, sports stadiums, exhibition centers, and other environmentally, sustainability focused venues that are ready or soon plan to work with Industrial Composters to reduce the amount of plastic waste ending up in landfills.

It is our desire that further development and innovation in the bio-plastics industry can result from The Great Plastic Flip, and on a global scale, soon begin to reduce dependence on petroleum.  If you are a closed loop facility or would like information on how to become one, please contact us.

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Totally Green Bottles and Caps Represents At Green Sports Alliance Summit

Last month, June 27-29, Totally Green Bottles and Caps (TGBC) compostable water bottles were a hit at the  Green Sports Alliance Summit held at the Leed Platinum Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA, home of the Sacramento Kings NBA Basketball team. The Summit brought together sports leaders from 15 leagues and14 countries.  This is the seventh annual summit dedicated to leverage the $485 billion sports industry to tackle energy, waste, water, food, transportation, and other sustainability issues in sports.   Totally Green Bottles and Caps began pioneering and producing compostable bottles in 2003.  We are now working hand-in-hand with our engineering partner, UrthPact llc, a world-wide leader in bioplastic manufacturing, to bring the first ever 100% compostable water bottle, cap, and label to market.


UrthPact was a sponsor of the Summit and showcased our Green Bottle Spring Water bioplastic prototype at the vendor conference Booth #42.  Our mission of participating in the summit was to reach out to companies and organizations who wish to enter the “winning arena” of compostable plastics.  Plastics (bioplastics) that have the sole purpose of returning to the soil rather than littering the Earth forever.

It was exciting to hear that Summit Keynote speaker, Bill Walton, and Liza Milagro, Senior Sustainability Leader at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), stopped byour booth and were enthusiastic about our bottles. Scott Sweeney, UrthPact VP of Marketing, shares some key take aways and recaps the Green Sports Alliance Summit for us in the latest UrthPact/News blog article.


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TGBC Brings Bioplastic Venture to Dragon’s Den Amsterdam

Totally Green Bottles and Caps founder, Bill Horner, made his way to Amsterdam Science Park, the Netherlands earlier this month to participate in the June 1st Bio-Based Live event organized by Bio-Based World News editor Luke Upton. The majority of the attenders were from Europe, but Bill said this was a homecoming of sort with the Iowa Department of Economic Development well represented and several participants from Omaha, Nebraska, Bill’s former home state.

The goal of this annual two-day event is to bring together CEOs, Senior R&D, and Process Heads with sustainable professional brand marketing specialists and end users.
The bio-based industry is often met with challenges, and the Bio-base Live conference is often the conduit for collaboration to move sustainable “green” idea concepts forward.

Dragon's Den Session

An added bonus, is that among selected conference participants, Bill Horner, was invited to present to the Dragon’s Den. The Dragon’s Den is an opportunity for innovators to provide an overview of their technology and business model to investors. Reaching commercial scale relies on the believers and pool of investors you can acquire for your product.

During the Dragon’s Den Session, Bill met with the “Dragons” including Oliver Sexton (Investment Director of Rainbow Fund), Tomas Carruthers (CEO of Social Stock Exchange), Babette Petterson (Chief Business Development Officer of Capricorn Ventures Partners), and Dr. Adrian Higson (Company Director of NNFCC The Bioeconomy Consultants).

Key points from the Dragon’s Den presentation included the following:

•Over 8 million tons of plastic leaks into the ocean EVERY year with an estimated amount of 150 million tons currently.
•Bottled water has become the leading beverage of the world with over 200 billion liters sold per year.
•Totally Green Bottles and Caps can provide the first ever 100% fully compostable bioplastic water bottle and cap.

According to Bill, the whole experience was very encouraging and there is so much energy in the BioPlastics sector!


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NYC’s Big Businesses Now Have To Compost Food Waste

A close up image of a compost pile.

Sarah Grossman, Editorial Fellow, Huffington Post

NYC’s Big Businesses Now Have To Compost Food Waste

New York City is cracking down on food waste.

Starting Tuesday, big businesses that generate a lot of food waste ― including hotels, stadiums, food manufacturers and wholesalers ― will have to separate out their organic waste for composting or other approved processing, according to new city rules.

Companies can compost the waste themselves or hire carting services to collect any leftover food, food-soiled paper or yard waste, and transport it to a facility.

“The message has gone out that New York City is going to treat its food scraps sustainably,” Eric Goldstein of the Natural Resources Defense Council told “[This will] get them out of landfills and into composting.”

Read the full Huffington Post article

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World’s First 100% Compostable Water Bottle, Cap, & Label


Is the world ready to reduce its dependence on plastic water bottles? We think so!

After over a decade of research and development, Totally Green Bottles & Caps has created the world’s first 100% compostable water bottle, cap, and label.

With the help of industrial composters, these bottles compost within 85 days or less. Since they are made from plant-based materials, they pose absolutely no harm or toxicity to the Earth. They may also be safely incinerated as clean-burning fuel.

Our compostable bottles offer a bold and better alternative to PET plastic bottles. Our bottles are made from plants—not oil. Unfortunately PET plastic bottles are nearly everywhere, and pose numerous threats to the environment. PET plastic takes between 450 – 1000 years to decompose. Most PET bottles end up in a landfill, eventually contaminating lands and groundwater.

William Horner, Founder and President of Totally Green Bottles & Caps, believes that the bottled water marketplace is long overdue for a 100% compostable bottle, cap, and label. In the new global ecosystem and economies that are continually embracing sustainability, this product represents another positive paradigm shift.

Our “Green Bottle Spring Water” samples will be available early 2017.  Deliveries will begin at various “closed-loop” sites around the USA in early 2017.  This groundbreaking product will also be formally announced in Washington, D.C.

We’ve maintained this vision for a long time. In 2008, our bottles were a part of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “Green the Capitol Initiative” at the House of Representatives. However, a compostable cap had not yet been developed, and as it turns out, the compostable cap is the key to widespread industrial composters’ acceptance. Now we have the cap. We’ve added a compostable label, complete with compostable adhesive, so now the entire water bottle is 100% compostable.

The bottles are available only at “closed loop” facilities. The collection of empty bottles will occur on site, and be taken to the nearest industrial composter to be used in various agriculture and horticulture contexts, including landscaping, crops, gardening, erosion control, potting soil, and much more. There may also be sites where the “empties” will be burned since these plant bottles emit zero toxicity to the environment.

We’ve done comprehensive tests with leading composter companies, like Full Circle Compost in Northern Nevada, and passed with flying colors. We will soon post various composting certifications on our website, including from BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute). You can already see the successful incineration tests posted on our blog.

The State of California has a sustainability goal of 75% recycling, composting or source reduction of solid waste by 2020, following the legislation of AB 341, New York City is on a similar track, with a goal of diverting 75% or more of the City’s solid waste from landfill by 2030; composters are helping achieve these sustainability goals, Sustainable efforts and even zero waste initiatives are happening across the U.S., large cities and small towns alike. Many  countries outside the USA are far more advanced in their sustainability efforts than we are. But most of the world community understands that plastic water bottles are an environmental problem.  Up to now, people have had few alternatives.

Is the world ready for Green Bottle Spring Water?  We believe so!
Contact us for more information and/or to order sample bottles:

Bill Horner, President

Brendan Magone, Director of Public Relations

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Twin Ports Testing, Briquettes


Click Here for PDF — Twin Ports Testing, Briquettes, Totally Green Bottles & Caps

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Twin Ports Testing, Caps


Screenshot,_Twin_Ports_Testing,_Caps_from_Totally_Green_Bottles_&_CapsClick Here for PDF — Twin Ports Testing, Caps, Totally Green Bottles & Caps

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California’s 75 Percent Initiative: Defining the Future

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  California’s 75 Percent Initiative: Defining the Future The Legislature and Governor Brown set an ambitious goal of 75 percent recycling, composting or source reduction of solid waste by 2020 calling for the state and the Department of Resources Recycling … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: ‘Revolution’ Needed to Combat Climate Change

Pope Francis: ‘Revolution’ needed to combat climate change

(CNN)As a former teacher, Pope Francis knows how to deliver a stern lecture. On Thursday, he gave one for the ages.

While slamming a slew of modern trends — the heedless worship of technology, our addiction to fossil fuels and compulsive consumerism — the Pope said humanity’s “reckless” behavior has pushed the planet to a perilous “breaking point.”

“Doomsday predictions,” the Pope warned, “can no longer be met with irony or disdain.”

Citing the scientific consensus that global warming is disturbingly real, Francis left little doubt about who to blame.

Big businesses, energy companies, short-sighted politicians, scurrilous scientists, laissez faire economists, indifferent individuals, callous Christians and myopic media professionals. Scarcely any area of society escaped his withering criticism.

“The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth,” Francis said. “In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish.”


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Comparative PET vs PLA – Berkeley

UC BerkeleyPLA vs PET  Berkeley ImageComparative PLA Vs PET Berkeley



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