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How BPA Effects You – And How To Avoid It


BPA is a common acronym thrown around in the world of plastic production. BPA has also become a common talking point for people in recent years, particularly in discussing the negative impacts it has on our health. Who knew this three-letter word could cause so much trouble? BPA is scientifically known as Bisphenol A, which is a chemical compound used in the plastic production process. BPA can be found in plastic bottles, food containers, paper products, canned foods, and more. The reason BPA has been sliding under the radar in terms of health impacts is due to a disconnect between what research studies and government agencies tell us. 

BPA was first synthesized in 1891 by a Russian chemist named Aleksandr Dianin. However, in its genesis, BPA was considered useful as a synthetic version of the hormone estrogen but was precluded by an artificial estrogen called DES instead. So by the mid-1900s, we started using BPA for manufacturing plastics and resins due to the durability BPA added. Also, since plastic production in this manner was cheap, commercial use became widespread rapidly. Many are still exposed to toxic levels of BPA despite the evidence of its harmfulness to us. BPA is still quite common despite efforts in many countries to reduce BPA use to address health concerns. One of the biggest culprits is water bottles, especially disposable plastic water bottles. 

How does BPA get into your body?

For the average person, BPA exposure happens via diet. Because BPA is present in food and drink containers, BPA leaches into the foods and drinks themselves over time and then gets into our bodies when we eat and drink. There is even potential for BPA to leak into water supplies via pipe materials. The biggest factor determining the extent of BPA leaching depends on the temperature and age of the container. Time and heat break down BPA. This means if you are a fan of microwaving your food in plastic containers, make sure they are BPA-free. BPA can also get into your body via procedures done with BPA-contained tools such as dental and surgical equipment. Even babies are not safe since mothers can pass BPA to newborns via breast milk. 

What does BPA do to your body?

There are many ways BPA affects your health. It has been linked to numerous issues such as reproductive, neurological, immunity, and cardiovascular problems to name a few. Other problems associated with this toxic chemical are diabetes, asthma, and Alzheimer’s. More research is needed to substantially link BPA to some of these problems, but the evidence is starting to pile up as more research is conducted. 

A major reason people are concerned about BPA is that it is soluble. This means the bonds BPA has to plastic will break when liquid and/or heat are introduced. When this happens the chemical can seep into your food and drinks. It is important to understand the potential effects BPA has on your health so you can see the importance of finding BPA-free bottles and containers. Yes, BPA makes plastic strong, but at what cost? Alternatives to BPA plastic are being created every day. An example of a ground-breaking biodegradable plastic that works to have as little BPA as possible while still being durable can be found here. 

Toxic Side Effects of BPA


One of the scariest effects BPA has on the body is its role in infertility. It is virtually impossible to avoid to some extent since it is in most packaging and is also an environmental contaminant. It is capable of mimicking estrogen. Once it enters a woman’s body, it can block or change the natural hormonal behavior. This change in hormonal behavior can impact the quality of eggs a woman produces. Men fare no better, as the compound has been shown to perpetuate sperm dysfunction. Men have also been seen to have problems with sex drive, erectile dysfunction, and ejaculation issues in some studies. 

Fetal Development

Fetuses require a specific environment to have a healthy gestation. This environment is fragile, and specific conditions have to be met. Expecting mothers have to follow many rules to ensure their baby comes out as healthy as possible. They have to watch what they eat and what they drink, and they must abstain from vices such as smoking and consuming alcohol. Mothers now may need to think about the packages their foods come in too.

As women come into contact with certain plastics, BPA can find its way into the body and wreak havoc on not just the mother, but the fetus as well. We know BPA mimics estrogen and can block natural hormone function, so just imagine what that does to the fetus. BPA contamination in utero can lead to several birth defects such as atrophy of the testes, feminization of male fetuses, enlarged prostate size, and sperm alteration in male fetuses to name a few. 

Weight Problems

There is some evidence pointing to BPA as a contributor to obesity and other weight problems. This is mainly due to its ability to mimic hormones inside the body. This hormone behavior can do things like interfere with insulin and increase fat cell production. So if you’re trying to shed some unwanted pounds for beach season, avoid any food, drinks, or supplements in a plastic bottle. 

Heart Problems

There is some evidence suggesting exposure to this chemical can cause a change in the heart’s natural rhythm. Granted this was found in rats, so more research needs to be done, but there have at least been confirming studies telling us there is a link between heart issues and exposure to this compound. Best to err on the side of caution and avoid BPA. 


BPA has been shown to affect glucose metabolism. Since this chemical can mimic hormones, it is capable of creating insulin resistance. This directly affects your blood sugar levels. As a result, diabetes becomes a real threat. Add in the fact that many high fat and highly processed foods come in BPA-contaminated packaging, you have a recipe for disaster. 

Brain Function

There seems to be a difference of opinion between the FDA and medical studies as to the safety of current Bisphenol A exposure levels permissible. The FDA tells us that exposure of less than 2.25mg/lb of body weight (5mg/kg) is safe. Furthermore, the FDA states there is not enough concrete data to support an all-out ban on the chemical compound. Many in the medical field disagree. There was a study conducted that concluded BPA in the body prevents the removal of chloride from the central nervous system and can even interfere with how the brain regulates genes. 

Excessive chloride in the brain has been linked to diseases such as dementia and other cognitive disorders. BPA does not cause these diseases on its own, but its presence allows an increased likelihood for these diseases to develop. This means cutting out this chemical can reduce the risk of these diseases developing. 

Places You Find This Chemical

BPA-free bottles are becoming very popular, but there are so many other places this chemical lurkes. You can find the compound in:

  • Computers
  • Electronics
  • Canned foods
  • Toys
  • PVC pipes
  • Medical devices
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Plastic food packaging

This is far from an exhaustive list. BPA can also be found in epoxy resins to coat the inside of cans to avoid corrosion. 

Is BPA-Free Plastic The Solution?

Unfortunately, some BPA-free plastics are just as bad if not worse for you. One example would be Bisphenol S. Bisphenol S (BPS) is a common chemical compound used as an alternative to BPA. However, the estrogens released into the body from BPS are doing just as much damage to the hormonal system. To make matters worse, BPS and BPA can work together in the body to produce some significant damage to cells and genes. Some studies have found that a large percentage of Americans have both BPA and BPS in their urine. 

Who Can You Trust?

The takeaway is that BPA-free plastic is not really solving the problem. Free of this material or not, plastic is creating real damage both in the body and to the environment at large. While there are many alternatives coming along for plastics, the chemical alternatives are not helping. This is why BioBottles creates real biodegradable plastic using a special proprietary technology called PlasticIQ Technology, which is injected into plastics when being molded. This creates a plastic as durable as ever but will be treated as a natural food by microorganisms once it is discarded. Call us biased, but if you’re going to use plastic, use one that is FDA and Food Grade Compliant, European Union compliant, and CFIA compliant. 

What Can You Do?

To stay healthy, it is essential to try to limit your exposure to BPA. Here are a few things you can do each day to limit your contact with this harmful chemical.

  • Cut down on plastic consumption. BPA-free or not, plastic is not only a health risk for you but detrimental to every ecosystem on the planet. It is made from petroleum, creates a massive carbon footprint to produce, and takes up to 450 years or more to degrade. Consider switching to glass or aluminum bottles when possible. Better yet, make the switch to BioBottles so you know the plastic will biodegrade.
  • Stay away from processed foods. Make the switch to whole foods. Fresh produce, meats, and other real foods are far less packaged and processed than the snacks and convenience foods we tend to buy at the store. The fresher the food, the better. Avoid packaged and canned foods when possible to limit your BPA contact.
  • Use BPA-free plastics if you use plastics. Yes, this will require you to do your research and look into the product and manufacturing to make sure what you are getting as a BPA alternative isn’t going to be as harmful or more harmful. In the long run this practice will keep you healthy though. 

How do you reduce your plastic consumption? Every day is a new opportunity to take measures to put your health first and focus on making smart choices for your future and the future of this beautiful rock we call home. 


15 Plastic Pollution Facts Showing We Aren’t Doing Enough

Plastic pollution is a severe problem. It is a global concern and a massive contributor to climate change. With this being said, it’s no secret that plastic is bad for the environment. Plastic is toxic to plants, animals, and humans. Plastic takes hundreds of years to break down and leaves microplastics behind. Those microplastics end up in plants and animals, and in turn, end up in us. We hear about the plastic pollution crisis on the news, scientific studies, articles (like this one 😂), and countless Netflix documentaries. 

Do you know how severe this crisis is though? Here are a couple of quick statistics:

  • 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year
  • 13 billion plastic bottles are thrown out yearly

Those statistics are quite staggering and are only a small glimpse into this global issue. A silver lining has emerged though; calls from consumers have put pressure on companies to reduce their plastic production. There have been efforts to ban plastic use in some countries. There have been pushes from policymakers to reduce single-use plastics. Lastly, there has been a recent trend over the past 10-20 years pushing for environmentally responsible choices in creating alternatives to traditional plastics. Some companies and brands are attempting to be more earth-friendly by reducing plastic use and phasing out bags and straws, among other efforts. 

However, it is not just retailers and producers that need to take responsibility for plastic pollution. Consumers must realize they have a part to play too. Here are some facts about plastic and plastic pollution so you can be more educated about the problem.

1. Less than 20% of all plastic produced is recycled. 

According to some accounts, up to 9 billion tons of plastic have been made since the 1950s. Also, most of this ends up in the trash rather than recycled. Of all the plastic that has been created, it is estimated we are only utilizing approximately 30% of it. As of 2018, the estimated ratio of plastic used vs plastic recycled is 3 million tons used to 8.7% recycled. It is noted that some types of plastic are recycled more than others. Clearly, we are not recycling nearly enough to combat plastic pollution. According to another report from 2015, up to only 9% of plastic is recycled and up to 12% is incinerated. This means there is around 87% or more of plastic polluting the earth in landfills, dumps, and bodies of water. 

2. Plastic bags are a bigger culprit of plastic pollution than you might realize.

Did you know that up to 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year? This breaks down to roughly 2 million bags used every minute globally. To combat this, some states in the US such as New York banned the use of plastic bags for groceries. We also have countries such as the UK that introduced a surcharge in 2015 for plastic bag use. This extra charge created an 83% drop in plastic bag use. We still have a long way to go to combat plastic pollution on the large scale. However, these steps are positive steps in the right direction.  

3. Single-use plastics can get you jail time in some countries. 

Back in 2017, Kenya introduced a law stating that anyone caught using plastic bags in any capacity risked a fee of up to $40,000 or up to four years imprisonment. Other countries such as China and France also have strict bans on single-use plastic, but Kenya still has one of the harsher punishments for selling, producing, or using plastics. Other notable countries with bans and laws in effect for plastic use are Italy, Russia, certain states within the US, and Rwanda. I don’t know about you, but I think I could live without a plastic bag or water bottle to save myself four years in prison or most of my yearly salary!

4. The very benefits of plastic are the biggest obstacles for us to overcome. 

What do I mean by this? Plastics have many benefits on the surface. Plastic is cost-effective for producers, plastic is durable, and plastic is very resistant to degradation. These are all great benefits if you want a cheap product that holds up well for a long period of time. However, these benefits work against you once the product it contains is used up. Once it is time to discard this plastic, the problem reveals itself. The materials that make plastic so durable also make it difficult for plastic to bioassimilate. It can take between 350-450 years for plastic to break down naturally. Even then, microplastics remain to contaminate whatever environment they get into. 

5. Plastic Pollution makes up 73% of worldwide beach litter.

National Geographic calculated that 73% of beach litter globally is plastic. This plastic pollution includes bottles, bags, lids and caps, wrappers, food containers, grocery bags, and more. I’m not sure about you, but I don’t like the idea of going to the beach and dealing with trash. 

6. Ocean plastic pollution is astronomical.

According to some studies, up to 32% of all plastic production ends up in our oceans annually. This equates to roughly 5 to 13 million metric tons every year. Plastics are believed to be found in every ocean basin on earth. We are basically putting a dump truck’s worth of garbage in our oceans every minute of the day with these numbers. How we haven’t killed off all life on this planet yet is astounding.

7. Packaging is the largest culprit of plastic pollution. 

Many sectors use plastics to some capacity. This includes healthcare, technology, communications, manufacturing, etc. The biggest culprit however is the packaging industry. Packaging is the largest market for plastics today. Packaging materials account for almost 50% of all plastic waste globally. What makes this worse is most of those materials will not get recycled or incinerated. 

8. Much of the plastic used today was produced recently.

Remember that plastic use really took off in the 1950s post world war 2? Well, what is truly shocking is nearly 50% of all plastic in the world today was created in the last 15-20 years. At this rate, by 2050 we would have tripled the amount of plastic produced in 2015. 

9. Over one million plastic bottles are bought every minute.

You read that right; every minute over 1 million plastic bottles are bought. These can be water bottles, juice bottles, soda bottles, etc. From 2006 to 2016, the number of estimated plastic bottles sold went from 300 billion to 480 billion annually. This number has been set to keep rising. To make matters worse, less than 50% of these bottles were recycled. Billions of plastic bottles have made their way into landfills each year. 

10. By 2050, plastic pollution in our oceans will outweigh the fish.

This is much closer than is comfortable to imagine since it is 2022. There is a report that predicts based on current plastic production and waste that plastic will outweigh fish by almost 45 million tons by 2050. Think of how big the oceans are and how many fish there are in those oceans. Plastic could outweigh them all in less than 30 years at our current rate of plastic use and pollution.  

11. By 2050, most seabirds will be eating plastic.

Here is another 2050 apocalyptic statistic for you. It is estimated by 2050, 99% of seabirds will have plastic in their stomachs. This number is built on some findings by the United Nations concerning seabird eating habits. They found that plastic ingestion kills around 1 million seabirds and up to 100,000 other marine animals annually. There is already an estimate that as many as 90% of current marine birds and fish have plastic particles inside them. This is because plastic decomposes into tiny pieces in the water and animals consume those pieces. Plastics do not digest the same as organic materials, so plastic particles will remain. 

12. Plastic bags get used for 12 minutes.

That sounds so wrong, but there are reports out there stating the average time a plastic bag is used is up to 12 minutes. If you really think about grocery bags, it makes sense. However, it cannot be justified to use a 12-minute product that takes hundreds of years to decompose.  

13. Scientists have found BPA in over 90% of Americans tested. 

This one makes me afraid to go get tested. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical compound used in plastic production. BPA can be found in your technology, your food containers, your water bottles, and more. Over time, the plastics made with BPA will begin to leech chemicals as time begins to break down chemical bonds. When this happens, BPA gets released into food and water. So when looking for a plastic bottle, see if there is a better option. (Here’s a hint: BioBottles is the best option.) You’ll thank me later. 

14. Plastic was invented around 1862.

Plastic is said to have been invented around 1862 by Alexander Parkes. He called it “Parkesine” when he introduced it at the London International Exchange. It’s crazy how something so pervasive hasn’t even been around that long. Since it takes upwards of 450 years to break down, that means the very first pieces of plastic created won’t break down for another 200 or more years. 

15. Most of us consume 70,000 microplastics each year. 

When this is broken down, we eat roughly 100 pieces of microplastic with every meal. Let’s throw some ketchup on that plastic to make it go down tastier! This number is likely to get worse before it gets better as more plastic makes its way into oceans and soil. The more plants and animals get contaminated with plastic, the more humans will be too. 

The Bottom Line

There are plenty of alternatives to plastic being produced every day, but it is not enough. We as a species are not doing enough. Consumers are quick to point the finger at retailers and producers to do more. Plastic pollution is a global crisis, so everyone is responsible for doing their part. Let’s start making more sustainable choices and putting more effort into recycling so we don’t all turn into walking plastic by 2050.

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Biodegradable Bottles: Is It Even Possible?

Biodegradable Bottles

The plastic crisis plaguing today’s modern world is staggering. If you don’t believe me, here are some basic statistics for you: 

  • In 1950, we globally created up to 2 million tons of plastic per year. This has increased almost 200-fold as of 2015
  • As of 2017, over 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been created and introduced to the world. 
  • Of that conservative estimation of 8.3 billion tons of plastic, only an estimated 6.3 billion turned into plastic waste. 
  • Approximately only 21%-30% of plastic is recycled. This means there is 70%-79% of plastic left in landfills and our oceans after recycling and incineration is calculated. 

Problems With Current Biodegradable Bottles

It does not take a rocket scientist to see these are not good numbers. Less than 50% out of the estimated 480 billion plastic bottles sold as of 2016 were recycled. A strong percentage of these plastic bottles were water bottles. It is generally understood that some products (water, powders, etc.) will store better in biodegradable bottles than others will. The material the biodegradable bottle is made from is a major contributing factor when looking at what will be shelf-stable in a biodegradable bottle. Powders, tablets, and other solid materials will be more stable in less than ideal biodegradable bottle materials. Liquids such as water, juices, etc. will require a stronger biodegradable bottle composite in comparison. Let’s take a look at some current problems with the biodegradable bottles on the market. 

Decompose Too Quickly

The biggest benefit of current biodegradable bottles on the market is also a glaring problem. Current biodegradable bottles break down when introduced to light and heat. The breakdown of bottles will often occur prior to selling a bottle. Let’s say you have a green detox juice product in a biodegradable bottle designed to break down when exposed to UV light and/or heat. On paper, this sounds great. You’re making an environmentally-conscious purchase, and once finished with the juice you can throw the bottle away knowing even if it ends up in a landfill it will break down easily.

The product inside remains intact as long as the bottle is stored in a temperature-controlled room or shelving unit with minimal light exposure. However, if there is any variance in storage conditions, the bottle can quickly become compromised, and the product spoiled. Nothing sucks quite like opening your package to find the bottle partially decomposed and your detox juice all over the place (true story….it sucked cleaning it up). 

Cost of Biodegradable Bottles

This one should be obvious, especially in today’s economy dealing with inflation. We are all aware that prices on everything (except Arizona iced tea🤙🏼) keep on rising. When you’re a business, you are not immune to rising costs. Suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, storage units, etc. will all raise prices as well, which means the product cost for the consumer must rise so the business can ideally make a profit or break even as a hopeful worst-case scenario. While this product cost is a pain in our wallets, it’s a pain in the business’s wallets too. Creating bottles without harmful chemicals or other unwanted is already costly.

Taking into consideration recent inflation, the cost rises even higher. We all want a quality product, but the more quality that goes in, the more expensive the product becomes for all parties. If the biodegradable bottle becomes too expensive for consumers, the business ends up pricing themselves out. This makes it difficult for some producers to create a quality product that is healthy for consumers, environmentally friendly, and reasonably priced. 

Potential Health Concerns

There are materials such as bamboo, sugarcane, etc. used to make biodegradable bottles. However, biodegradable plastic still comes with inherent risks. Harmful chemicals, carcinogens, and other toxic materials are often a talking point. The big acronyms to know in this conversation are BPA and PET. Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical compound plastics have used since the 1950s. The most common compound used for plastic production would be PET or polyethylene terephthalate. PETs are a staple for the production of single-use plastic bottles.

Making any type of plastic (bioplastics included) without contaminants like BPA or PETs is not only costly but difficult. As stated, these and other plastic chemicals have the potential to be carcinogenic. Also, resins and other materials can increase the risk of diabetes, infertility, low testosterone, hormonal imbalances, and more. In recent years, there has been plenty of research showing hormonal issues as a serious concern. 

Marketing Appeal

If you want a product to sell well you have to market it well. This means that consumers have to buy into what you’re selling them. If consumers don’t get behind the product, the business won’t make any money. So it is in the best interest of businesses to take into account consumer appeal. Most plastic bottles sold today are clear, so you can see what is inside. This goes for water bottles especially but is also common for juices, certain supplement powders, etc. Companies do this because it sells well. Consumers want to be able to see exactly what they are buying.

Unfortunately, many biodegradable bottles on the market today end up compromising on the clear bottle for a colored bottle. This means you can’t see what’s inside the bottle. Since clear bottles are what consumers are accustomed to, it makes sense clear bottles are the preference for many. Consumers are more likely to buy the clear “bad for the environment” clear bottle over the brown “good for the environment” bottle. 

Current Alternatives to Biodegradable Bottles

Of course, companies try to fight back with alternatives to biodegradable bottles made from plastics to other earth-friendly options. There are pros and cons to each of these, but we can briefly explore some of the popular alternatives to biodegradable bottles. 


This material is the O.G. of plastic alternatives. Cultures as far back as 1500BC used glass for bottling goods. Glass has plenty of good things going for it. Furthermore, glass is generally non-toxic and rarely if ever associated with any negative health impacts. It is not very porous, so there is less likelihood of chemicals or other materials leeching into the product inside. Glass does not decompose easily so it is very shelf-stable and will keep certain materials fresh for a very long time. Glass is recyclable, reusable, and biodegradable (it’s just sand repurposed with very high temperatures). 

The big issues come with the cost associated with glass. Part of the reason plastic replaced glass in many sectors is due to the cheap cost associated with producing and transporting plastic vs glass. Another reason plastic took over was that plastic is lighter, again decreasing cost and increasing convenience for all parties. Furthermore, glass is easy to break. Plastic is more durable than glass. Lastly, to prevent any breaking, the glass will be in plastic usually. With all this in mind, it’s easy to see from the business side why plastic is still the predominant choice. 


This one is one many will be familiar with. If you’ve ever gone to a sports store to purchase a reusable water bottle for the gym or for adventuring out, the big two choices are aluminum bottles or plastic bottles. Aluminum, like glass, is a safe non-toxic alternative to biodegradable bottles. Also, aluminum is infinitely recyclable. Aluminum is also a good choice for products that require a high level of temperature resistance. This means exposure to light will not spoil or heat up what’s inside the aluminum bottle nearly as quickly as other materials like glass or plastic. 

Some of the cons of aluminum are it dents easily and tends to leech materials into the product the same as plastic. Also, some aluminum does contain BPA, so some health risk is there. You’ll have to be mindful of the brand of aluminum you use to watch out for those contaminants. 

Organic Plant-Based Materials

These alternatives use plant waste and other organic materials to create a biodegradable bottle that is non-toxic. These materials come from things such as algae, sugarcane, bamboo, trees, and other organic materials that use little energy to produce bottles. 

The benefit of these bottles is they are energy efficient for production and break down easily since they are organic material via bio-assimilation. The downside of these is they are generally not clear, so from a marketing/consumer appeal standpoint, they may not sell very well. Furthermore, some of these bottle materials are not very durable, so the potential to damage/compromise the product inside is greater. 


As a non-plastic biodegradable material, cardboard looks like a solid bet at first glance. Boxed Water has recently made waves as an alternative to biodegradable bottles. It is cost-effective, energy-efficient to produce, and decomposes easily (usually within months). These are all great benefits for those looking to save money and have peace of mind knowing the carbon footprint remaining is minimal. Another perk is you can choose between paper recycling, regular trash, or composting to dispose of boxed products.

The big downsides to cardboard containers are durability and production parts. If you’ve ever seen boxed water or boxed coconut water, you know they are easy to puncture or break open. Furthermore, many companies that produce boxed containers will have some parts of the process inevitably made of plastic, which is usually un-recyclable or not recycled. Therefore, specific products work well with cardboard, but not a wide variety.

Are Biodegradable Bottles Possible?

The short answer is yes. There are already plenty on the market, they just have their drawbacks. Every year, further advancements are made to produce plastics more earth-friendly while producing a durable biodegradable bottle without the drawbacks of current plastic use. There are still plenty of kinks to work out to make a plastic bottle that is truly biodegradable, but it is being actively researched. One company making leaps and bounds for a plastic biodegradable bottle is BioBottles. BioBottles is leading the pack in a truly biodegradable plastic bottle. BioBottles is the future of plastic, and you can read more about them here. Yes, there are plenty of alternatives to plastic, but BioBottles wants you to have your cake and eat it too. 

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Why Biodegradable Plastic for Supplements?

The Problem: Plastic Pollution

It should be no surprise to anyone reading this that plastic production is still king. Even taking into consideration the trends shifting toward sustainable packaging. Staggering levels of plastics still find their way into rivers, lakes, oceans, and landfills. This in turn allows the increased dangers of air, water, and soil pollutants to surge and invade our lives. There are even findings of micro-plastics invading our bodies via food. This is due to the pervasive nature of plastics into various ecosystems. This is a direct result of our industrialized way of living. Recent trends calling for biodegradable plastic and/or more compostable materials has been helpful; however our reliance on plastic leaks into almost every sector uses plastics to some degree. This includes packaging, construction, textiles, consumer products, transportation, electronics, and healthcare.

The Hypocrisy of the Healthcare Sector

Let’s focus on that last sector, healthcare. Healthcare tends to be a huge proponent of plastic use. The sector relies heavily on single-use disposables and plastic packaging to increase the shelf life of its products. This reliance on plastics throughout the industry makes healthcare a major contributor to world pollution. Within healthcare we have the supplement companies, most of which use plastics for their product packaging. Even companies with a green initiative who promote environmentally conscious values rely on plastic use. This hypocrisy only exacerbates the plastic crisis. There is a silver lining in all this; consumers are becoming more focused on eco-friendly products and are actively looking for ways to go green. Consumers are looking for products and companies that put real focus and effort into eco-friendly and natural products. This shift puts pressure on companies and brands to create products that feed into this trend.

Why Are Plastics Used By Supplement Companies Anyway?

Protecting The Product

The purpose of a container is to maintain and protect the freshness, shelf life, and potency of the product it contains. Usually dietary/nutrition supplements are easily degradable, so the container needs to be able to keep it fresh for as long as possible. A container must protect the product from excessive light, moisture, microorganism, and other environmental factors that can impact the integrity of the product inside. If you’ve ever ordered a dietary supplement such as a multivitamin, pre-workout or protein, you’ve probably noticed it will usually be packaged in a plastic container, jar, or bottle, along with a possibly some cotton balls, some sort of moisture protecting insert or silica insert, and a anti-tampering seal on top to keep out any unwanted materials.

Sometimes these products might come in glass containers, which is a little better for the environment. If the product requires a specific dosage, it will usually come with a dropper or scooper. These can also be plastic or glass. Once the supplement is all used up, we toss it in the trash, where it inevitably ends up in a landfill or the oceans. If you’re lucky, some of those materials used were recyclable, but even then it’s usually just part of the package rather than the whole thing.

Design and Marketing Demands

Supplement companies make products that will sell, that is how they make their money. Companies and brands need to create a design that will be appealing and increase the odds someone will see it and buy it. Go to any store that sells supplements or go through an online store, and you will see there are usually tons of options for any supplement you are looking for. Since brands want to stand out so you will see and buy their product, they have to design something eye-catching. Some brands have turned to clear bottles and containers with vivid colors so you can see what is inside the package. Gummy products and some brands of protein supplements have capitalized on this.

A transparent bottle is accomplished using what is called polyethylene terephthalate (PET). While this is great for the companies selling the product from a marketing standpoint, PET is a widely recycled plastic. Online shopping is no better. With the rise in online shopping and e-commerce to avoid stores for convenience in light of recent years with the pandemic, this creates an increase in cardboard and plastic production to meet the demands for an increased e-commerce market.

Environmental Impact of Plastic

Garbages, plastic, and wastes on the beach after winter storms. Atlantic west coast of france.

The over-reliance of plastics by humankind has been a problem for decades and seems to be only getting worse. However, many people may not have a complete understanding of how much of a problem plastic use has become. There is no denying plastic is an incredibly useful material for with a multitude of applications. The trade-off we make for excessive plastic use is how destructive it is for the environment across its life cycle.

Most plastics are created by burning fossil fuels, which are already a finite energy source. This creation process creates a large carbon footprint. In fact, plastic industries are a leading contributor to the overall carbon footprint. This means for every plastic product created, we accelerate the effects of global warming. This effect is exacerbated by the fact that most plastics out on the market are built for single-use, so it is used and then quickly discarded. Using plastics in this manner is detrimental to our planet, our water, and our energy resources.

The Ugly Truth of Plastic Use Today

Did you know the average plastic does not biodegrade like organic materials? In fact, a plastic product can take roughly 350-450 years to break down. Even once plastic is broken down, micro-plastics tend to remain even longer and are easily transferable between organisms via natural food chain processes. These micro-plastics are literally found in just about every ecosystem imaginable. Micro-plastics have even made their way into animals such as fish, which means yes, micro-plastics are now being found in humans! It should be abundantly clear that the over-reliance of plastics is a serious problem. So now that we have a general idea of how much of a problem there is with our use of plastics, is there anything we can do about it?

The Solution: Biodegradable Plastic

Of course there are some things we can implement immediately in our daily lives to reduce our individual and community impact on plastic pollution and global warming. Some things you can do right now to reduce plastic pollution is: reduce single-use plastic purchases, try re-using products and re-purposing products as often as possible to throw away items less often, and recycle your plastic products when possible. These are all great ways to reduce the environmental impact on the individual and community levels, but it is far from a long-term systemic solution to a world-wide problem. So again, is there anything we can do about it? Turns out, where there is a will, there is a way. The big solution here is to create biodegradable plastic.

What makes something biodegradable?

Biodegradable is defined as any material that can bio-assimilate into an environment via decomposition by microorganisms and/or environmental factors such as oxygen, sunlight, etc. Also, the material must not be harmful to the environment or any organisms as the material is bio-assimilated. Plastics generally are not biodegradable, as they create major ecological harm to ecosystems and the various organisms within those ecosystems. However, biodegradable plastic would solve this issue. Biodegradable plastic is plastic designed to break down when exposed to environmental factors such as oxygen, bacteria, fungi, etc. There are bioplastics available on the market usually derived from sugarcane or bamboo, but are usually compostable rather than biodegradable.

How is Biodegradable Plastic different from compostable material?

The major difference between biodegradable and compostable bottles is minor, but needs to be understood. For a bottle to be compostable, it must be made via some sort of organic material so that it can break down within a specific set of circumstances in the environment. For a bottle to be truly biodegradable, it must be able to break down naturally regardless of the material it is created from. Most compostable bottles are made of sugarcane, bamboo, or some other natural material. These materials will break down quickly and can be repurposed into fertilizer or some other soil health enhancer. However since these are natural rather than synthetic materials, they are not technically biodegradable.

A biodegradable plastic when created properly would truly be biodegradable if said plastic is not a naturally occurring material and breaks down naturally via bio-assimilation. This occurs slower than compostable bottles. However, since the plastic is biodegradable, we reduce the plastic pollution. Also, little to no micro-plastics remain when biodegradation is complete. With all this said, is there a truly biodegradable plastic available? We can look to BioBottles as the answer.

BioBottles Leads The Way for Biodegradable Plastic


A truly biodegradable plastic bottle
BioBottles will solve the plastic crisis with revolutionary biodegradable plastic bottles.

What are BioBottles? BioBottles are the pioneering product for a truly biodegradable plastic. The guys over at BioBottles wanted to create a product that would really make an impact to reduce the plastic pollution crisis. Because of this, they put their heads together, did some testing, and popped out BioBottles. BioBottles are biodegradable due to the process of creating them.

How the BioBottle is made

The bottles are made with HDPE (High Density Poly Ethylene) plastic for a strong surface durability. The caps are made using PPE (Polyphenylene Ether) for its dimensional stability and accuracy. Where the biodegradability comes in is when this material hits the mold to make the bottles. BioBottles has a proprietary blend of ingredients called Plastic IQ Technology. This technology has been scientifically tested and shows evidence of true biodegradability for the plastic bottles.

The Breakdown of the BioBottle

Within several months to a couple years, so long as that bottle ends up in an environment that has oxygen, UV light, and/or microorganisms to break down the plastic, these bottles will break down naturally via bio-assimilation. This means once you are done using the BioBottle, you can throw it away or recycle it. If it ends up in a landfill or a body of water, you can rest assured it will break down and leave little to no micro-plastics, and we as a society move one more step in the right direction in the fight to end the plastic pollution crisis. 

What Can Supplement Companies Do To Help Push Biodegradable Plastic Bottles?

If this is not clear by now, supplement companies can look to partnering with BioBottles to cut their plastic waste. Think of how many supplements there are on the market. Imagine if every one of those companies started using BioBottles for their supplements. Out of the roughly 13 billion plastic bottles that got thrown out in 2019, roughly 70% were not recycled. Supplement companies are a major contributor to the amount of single-use bottles that get used and discarded. Supplement companies should take the time to look into BioBottles for their products. This would not only help the environment, but also demonstrate the green initiative values many of them claim to have.

Final Thoughts on Biodegradable Plastic

Biodegradable plastics are a much needed piece of innovation in these dire times. The consequences of our over-reliance on plastics is becoming more and more noticeable with each passing year. If we do not do something about this and pressure companies that we love to get behind a product that will make the earth a cleaner place, then no amount of reducing, reusing, and recycling will save us from the damage we have already causes. As consumers become more environment conscious, brands need to keep up, or they may well end up out of business.


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