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Biota, and its PLA water bottles, have new owner

The property and assets of BIOTA (Ouray, CO), one of the few water bottlers so far to have commercially blowmolded bottles made from plant starch-based plastic polylactic acid (PLA) packaging, were acquired in an auction by Mountain Pure Water (Bee Branch, AR) for $2.35 million.

December 2, 2008

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Biota, and its PLA water bottles, have new owner

The property and assets of BIOTA (Ouray, CO), one of the few water bottlers so far to have commercially blowmolded bottles made from plant starch-based plastic polylactic acid (PLA) packaging, were acquired in an auction by Mountain Pure Water (Bee Branch, AR) for $2.35 million. According to a report from Telluride Watch, the price included 3 acres of land; a 21,500-sq-ft plant; 15,000-sq-ft warehouse; and blowmolding and bottling equipment. Based near Telluride, BIOTA worked with material supplier NatureWorks, preform injection system manufacturer Husky, and stretch blowmolding machine company Corpoplast to create a system that could make water bottles from PLA that would decompose in 80 days in an industrial composting facility.

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