The drive to eliminate fossil fuels is having unintended consequences, with some industries and companies guilty of greenwashing, at best, and fraud, at worst.
Bacardi plans to have PHA-based liquor bottles on store shelves by 2023, despite the material’s higher cost compared with conventional plastics and the reluctance of industrial composting facilities to accept the biopolymer.
Products based on cellulose (wood pulp) and starch contain the most chemicals, according to the researchers. They also triggered “stronger toxic reactions” under laboratory conditions.
The fixation on eliminating plastics distracts from less visible and often more damaging environmental impacts associated with energy use, manufacturing, and resource extraction, according to one researcher.
Global spirits brand says the “world’s most eco-friendly spirits bottle” that biodegrades in 18 months will be on shelf by 2023 to replace 80 million plastic bottles.