UNIQUE water bottles made with the environment in mind are being sold by a Chichester company.
The Eco for Life container is the only 100 per cent plant-based bottle on sale in this country.
Marco Polo Intercontinental has launched it to tackle the problem caused by billions of the bottles being thrown away each year and ending up in tips and in the oceans.
Georgina Silk, Marco Polo Intercontinental’s operations co-ordinator, said: ‘Our bottles are totally made from polyactic acid, a renewable plant source which not only adds more end-of-life options than any traditional PET plastic, but produces 60 per cent less greenhouse gases and uses 50 per cent less fossil fuels in their production.
‘This saves on average one litre of oil per 24 bottles made.
‘Studies have shown that traditional PET plastic bottles break down over time and leach chemicals in to the water, particularly if continuously re-used or exposed to heat.
‘Because our bottles are made from 100 per cent plant, this means that no harmfuls chemicals or oils are filtered into the bottle meaning it’s healthier for the consumer too.’
The initial bottles being sold by Marco Polo Intercontinental are filled with South Downs water from a spring in Southbourne.