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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Bill Horner Interviewed by Bio-Based News

Bio-Based World News latest stories…
5 minutes with… William Horner, Founder and President of Totally Green Bottles & Caps.
Emily O’Dowd, Mar 10, 2017 1:30:00 PM

“We think our fully compostable bottle, cap, and labels are the right answer to helping alleviate some of the environmental damages that take place now.”

For the first time, Totally Green Bottles & Caps has created the world’s first 100 per cent compostable water bottle, cap, and label. As many of us are aware, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic takes between 450 – 1000 years to decompose. However, Totally Green’s 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. Bio-Based World News wanted to find out more by speaking to the company’s President and Founder William Horner at an important time in the business’ development because “Green Bottle Spring Water” samples will be available early 2017! It all started in 2003 when William started Naturally Iowa, an organic dairy processing plant where the first PLA-plastic bottles for dairy products were pioneered. To better target the growing market for plant-based bottles, Totally Green Bottles and Caps, was created in 2012. Our reporter Emily O’Dowd discovers how the business began and some of the trials and tribulations that were encountered along the way.

Emily O’Dowd (EOD): How did the business begin?

William Horner (WH): Naturally Iowa started as the producer of the world’s first compostable milk bottle that was formed by using various technologies to turn greenhouse gases into a portfolio of polylactic acid (PLA) performance materials from corn. I was surprised to learn that such an natural product like organic milk was marketed in oil-based milk bottles. However, one hour away from the plant was a biopolymers supplier and innovator which made it possible to work with natural corn derivatives to create a compostable bottle. Whilst the business began with just milk bottles, we extended this to yoghurts and water.

After five years of research and development, we have now delivered a compostable bottle with a fully complimented cap and label. Whilst this has been an expensive process with a lot of hard work we are very happy with the final product and hope that it will change the way consumers think about plastic bottles. After joining with a talented group of engineers at Urthpact in Massachusetts, our new bottles and caps and labels will be available very soon!

EOD: How are you going to launch the bottles?

WH: We are going to start off promoting the product through ‘closed loop’ facilities. This means that 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. There is clearly a national initiative to prevent organic waste from ending up in the landfills, so our bottles will be added to the carrier taking product to industrial compost sites.

EOD: What has led you to this role?

WH: In the early part of my career I was an educator and I worked to develop educational material that main stream publishers had overlooked. In 1966, I founded Experience Education, a non-profit educational company that remains active today. I have always enjoyed working where I can help and inform people. Putting compostable bottles in the hands of people who care about the environment is very fulfilling.

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From sea to plate: how plastic got into our fish

Waste plastics near Dakar … by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Waste plastics near Dakar … by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Eight million tons of waste plastic ends up in the sea each year. Fish eat it – and then we do. How bad is it for us? 

Published February 14th, 2017 by The Guardian

It’s enough to make you cry over your moules frites. Scientists at Ghent University in Belgium recently calculated that shellfish lovers are eating up to 11,000 plastic fragments in their seafood each year. We absorb fewer than 1%, but they will still accumulate in the body over time. The findings affect all Europeans, but, as the most voracious consumers of mussels, the Belgians were deemed to be most exposed. Britons should sympathise – last August, the results of a study by Plymouth University caused a stir when it was reported that plastic was found in a third of UK-caught fish, including cod, haddock, mackerel and shellfish. Now, UK supermarkets are being lobbied to create plastic-free aisles by the campaign group A Plastic Planet, as a feature-length documentary, A Plastic Ocean, is released in Britain this week.

We are finally paying attention to the pollution that has plagued our seas for years – the government is considering a refundable deposit on plastic bottles, and pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson recently switched from plastic to paper stems on its cotton buds. Evidently, there’s nothing like serving plastic up on a dinner plate to focus the mind.

Whether your national obsession is moules frites or fish and chips, this problem goes way beyond Britain and Belgium. Contaminated fish and shellfish have been found everywhere from Europe, Canada and Brazil to the coast of mainland China – and plastic-eating fish are now showing up in supermarkets. The question is no longer: are we eating plastic in our seafood? What scientists are urgently trying to establish is just how bad for us that is. Another question we might ask: how did we get here?

More than a century ago, in 1907, another Belgian, Leo Baekeland, a graduate of Ghent University, invented bakelite. It was, he later admitted, something of an accident, but this welcome development ushered in a colourful new age of plastics. Until then, we had, at great cost and effort, been manipulating products out of natural materials such as shellac, derived from beetle shells. (Charles Mackintosh’s first “mac” – which used derivatives of tar and rubber – must have been pretty pungent in a downpour.) Baekeland, who had moved to the US, saw commercial potential in an entirely synthetic replacement for shellac that would be suitable for mass production. Bakelite was lightweight, affordable, malleable and safe, but perhaps the greatest thing about the plastic Baekeland created, and those that followed, was its durability.

Throughout the first half of the 20th century, innovations came thick (and thin) and fast – polystyrene, polyester, PVC, nylon. Soon, they were an inextricable part of everyday life. And then, in 1950, that scourge of the sea arrived: the throwaway polythene bag. In that decade, annual global plastic production reached 5m tonnes; by 2014, it stood at 311m tonnes – shockingly, over 40% of it for single-use packing. Now, plastic’s durability looks less of a boon than it once did. A study in Science Magazine in 2015 estimated that around 8m tonnes of plastic go into the sea each year. And, last year, a report for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (launched in 2010 by the former round-the-world sailor to promote a more circular economy) estimated that, by 2050, the volume of accumulated plastics in the oceans will be greater than that of fish.

Thank you to The Guardian. Read entire article here.

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NYC’s Big Businesses Now Have To Compost Food Waste

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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 Mic.com. “[This will] get them out of landfills and into composting.”

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

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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, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/75percent/. 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, http://www.nyc.gov/html/planyc/html/sustainability/waste-recycling.shtml. 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
bill@totallygreenbottlesandcaps.com
402-510-7705

Brendan Magone, Director of Public Relations
webmaster@totallygreenbottlesandcaps.com
brendanmagone@gmail.com
702-985-2920

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Twin Ports Testing, Briquettes

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

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Twin Ports Testing, 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

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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

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http://nature.berkeley.edu/classes/es196/projects/2011final/ShenJ_2011.pdf

 

 

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