Everyone knows plastic water bottles are basically the devil. You can drink water out of a glass or a reusable bottle FOR FREE, so buying bottled water is, like, the dumbest thing ever.
That being said, there are often times we find ourselves stranded, parched and in desperate need of water. Or, you know, the government is doing a horrible job providing clean, running water.
So, what's a person to do? Die of thirst or save the environment?
Luckily, Icelandic product designer Ari Jónsson has a solution. He has managed to make plastic-like water bottles out of algal, a byproduct of algae. And unlike regular plastic, it's 100 percent natural and biodegradable. Amazingly, the bottles keep their shape until they're completely empty and naturally decompose after disposal.
This sounds like a vision from "Ecotopia," but test batches have proven the technology is real and practical.
Jónsson debuted the algae bottles at the Reykjavik design festival, DesignMarch, earlier this year. Hopefully, major manufacturers will get on board, or else, we can all plan on living on Trash Island in the too-soon future.