This is how you make a sustainable water bottle from sugar cane

This is how you make a sustainable water bottle from sugar cane

Making a bottle from plants? Yes we can! We make our BE O bottle from the residual flows of sugar cane. In this way we make a positive impact on the climate. Curious how we transform this plant into a sustainable water bottle? Watch the video below and read on.

It starts with sugar cane, which is grown responsibly in Brazil. The plant grows quickly, for which it only needs a little rainwater and a lot of sun.

During growth, the plant converts CO2 into sucrose, a form of sugar. After harvesting, the plant is first ground into cane sugar. Two residual flows remain in that process: sugar juice and molasses.

Next up: fermenting and distilling the residual flows. In this way, the sugar juice and the molasses are converted into bioethanol.

We then extract the moisture from the bioethanol. This is how bio-polyethylene is created: the material from which we make our BE O bottle.

We transport the bio-polyethylene (in granular form) by boat to our factory in Didam. Here the granules are formed into the BE O bottle parts.

All parts ready? Then the BE O bottle is assembled and packaged at the social firm in Zutphen. The result: a climate-positive and 100% recyclable bottle, made from the residual flows of sugar cane.

Sugarcane from sustainable agriculture

Our sugar cane is grown according to strict standards that protect people and nature. For example, sugar cane cannot be built on the land of nature reserves and there are fair wages and safe working conditions for the farmers. The farms are controlled by a third party.

Why a residual flow from sugar cane?

We make the BE O bottle from sugar juice and molasses, residual flows that remain when the sugarcane plant is ground into sugar. So the sugar cane simply grows for food production, in this case for the production of cane sugar. It is not planted specifically to make products from it. By using residual flows, we also contribute to waste reduction. The less that is left of the plant, the less it needs to be thrown away. Win win!

A sustainable bottle, a sustainable packaging

Sustainable packaging is part of a sustainable water bottle. That is why our packaging is made from Paperwise: a recyclable mix of agricultural waste and FSC-certified paper. This material is climate neutral and made with 100% green electricity. All our shipping boxes are made from Cradle to Cradle certified cardboard.

Plant a tree for every BE O bottle

You read above that the BE O bottle is climate-positive because it is made of sustainable material. But did you know that we double our impact by planting a tree for every bottle sold? In this story we tell you exactly how we do that.

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