Sitka making bottles that are Earth-friendly

Posted: Friday, July 16, 2010

SITKA - The water plant in Sitka Alaska has begun bottling water in degradable bioplastic bottles made from plants rather than petroleum products.

Brent McClung, supervisor of Cove Bottling Company, said the new bottles can be commercially composted, eliminating the potentially harmful effect of bottles made from petroleum base, billions of which wind up dumped in landfills each year.

The Earth-friendly bottles are made from 100 percent annually renewable plant resources that biodegrade in commercial composting facilities. The bioplastic used is a plant-based resin manufactured by NatureWorks, LLC under the trade name "ingeo." The water is sold under the "True Alaskan" brand.

"This new bottle comes at a time when public concern is rising over all the plastics our society is disposing of," McClung said. "We're proud that Alaska is at the cutting edge of this 'green revolution' in Earth-friendly containers."

Cove's bottling plant gets its water from Blue Lake high up in the Tongass National Forest, the largest temperate rainforest in North America. The lake is continually replenished by upward of 90 inches of annual rainfall, glacier melt and snow melt and lies in a watershed protected by national, state and local laws which prohibit development, habitation or other developments that could possibly compromise the pristine quality of its water.

More information on the new plant-based bottles may be found online at

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