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Ready to Rinse Away Your Plastic Waste?

Is this beginning of a new class of “something in the water?” The Harmless-Dissolve bag is a new approach to eco-packaging, a biodegradable, compostable water-dissolvable bag that almost disappears before your very eyes. (Shown here: the November, 2009 issue of CR Creative Review, which incorporated the new packaging.)

According to the harmlesspackaging.co.uk website, it is a…

…water soluble polymer which completely biodegrades in a composting environment, in a dishwasher or in a washing machine. It has no harmful residues and will biodegrade into naturally occuring substances.

Food for thought? No, more like food for our ravenous micro-friends:

Harmless-Dissolve is non-toxic and is degraded by micro-organisms, moulds and yeasts. These organisms can occur in both artificial environments, such as anaerobic digesters, activated sewage sludge and composts and natural environments such as aquatic systems and soil. The micro-organisms use Harmless-Dissolve as a food source by producing a variety of enzymes that are capable of reacting with it. In the end the bag becomes carbon dioxide, water and biomass.

Eco-tasty! (Except for the the term “biomass,” which strikes me as a little fuzzy and ill-defined.)

For envelopes, Harmless-Dissolve can be made in any size, printed full colour process using biodegradable inks and finished with a biodegradable peel and seal lip.

Which prompts a fantasy scenario of receiving my water bill in a water-soluble envelope! (The check is NOT in the mail!)

I got water for Christmas

The oldest daughter gave me this interesting gift for Christmas. 1 Litre water features a unique integrated cup, which makes refilling the bottle practical since you can avoid contaminating the bottle with your filthy, germ-ridden mouth.

Of course, this isn’t just any pedestrian bottled water. It is, according to a press release issued by the company, “bottled directly from the pristine Au Sable State Forest in the heart of northern, lower Michigan.”  (What? Where’s “northern, lower Michigan”?)

Further, the water is “naturally filtered as it percolates through the glacial sand and rock in a confined aquifer. With a perfect PH balance and low mineral composition, the artesian spring water’s taste is exceptional, clean, crisp and invigorating.”

I’m not sure about all that, but it is quite sporty and the concept sits well with this southern girl who was taught that is always quite rude to drink directly from a container.