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05 | 2008

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Bottle Applications bM: What do you expect from the introduction of PLA bottles? AB: Of course the Sant’Anna Ingeo BioBottle is a great eco solution that matches the new needs of the contemporary consumer, and it opens up a new and important business reality for Sant’Anna today. The world is looking for sustainability improvements in products and services. These include reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, reductions in fossil energy use, reductions in oil dependency and more. Switching to a bio-based material allows us to make a positive contribution to the environment we all live in without having to change our way of life. Sant‘Anna has a robust corporate social responsibility policy and by switching to Ingeo PLA bottles, we can translate this policy in a meaningful way into our daily transactions with our direct customers and consumers. This without sacrificing anything from a performance or quality perspective. The new Sant’Anna BioBottle delivers all the values that made them market leader in Italy for volume and value. Sant’Anna water has achieved extraordinary results in terms of its values of lightness (fixed residue 23.1 mg/l), one of the lowest in the world, receiving authorisation for use in the diet of newborn babies and low sodium diets (only 0.9 mg/l of sodium). The production process is guaranteed by the latest generation bottling systems. Fonti di Vinadio wants to become a European brand leader, and the challenge will now be the German market. bM: Did someone support you? AB: Of course Sant’Anna has been working very close with NatureWorks LLC, the world‘s first large-scale manufacturer of their unique natural plastic branded as Ingeo now used to create these new BioBottles. bM: What products are you currently bottling in PLA in which sizes? AB: For the moment we are producing just still mineral water in two sizes: 0,5 litres and 1,5 litres. bM: Does your company have any policy for “end-of-life” of the bottles? AB: Initially, a limited number of what we call the new “BioBottles” will be introduced, about 50 million half-liter bottles during the first 12 months. The Ingeo bottles will be distinguished from the PET ones, both by the label and by the color, which will be green. Furthermore, distribution will be limited to a specific geographic area. This will allow the company to monitor the impact of the new product on the market and the reactions of the consumers. At the same time, Acqua Sant’Anna is keeping in close touch with businesses, public and private bodies and trade associations dealing with environmental matters and, in particular, has already advised those responsible for refuse collection and disposal regarding this business venture, in order to enable an assessment of the various disposal options and decide which method is best suited to these new plastics. The message to consumers is to collect the BioBottles in a regular plastic bottle bin, together with all the plastic packaging. The company in charge of plastic waste treatmant will separate the BioBottles bottles from the rest of the stream and will decide to go for the best available end-of-life whether it be incineration, composting or recycling. Some companies are already interested in composting, others are prepared only for incineration and some are willing to test industrial scale chemical recycling. All in all a lot of interest for a new bioplastic offering so many disposal and recovery options. bM: Anything else you’d like to tell our readers? AB: We would like to underline that Sant’Anna, the leading brand name of Fonti di Vinadio, is a completely Italian-owned business, and will market for the first time in Italy and will mass market for the first time in Europe a mineral water that uses a bottle made entirely from the revolutionary natural plastic made from plant sugars rather than petroleum. Acqua Sant’Anna is the first privatelyowned Italian business to combine an environmentallyfriendly policy with a venture of this size. bM: Thank you very much Mr.Bertone Alberto Bertone bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/08] Vol. 3 13

Bottle Applications Australia’s First Natural Spring Water in PLA Bottles Cool Change Natural Spring Water from Australia is owned by the Paterson Family, Helen, James and Richard. Cool Change was set up in March 2008 to launch the NatureWorks Ingeo TM PLA bottled water product in Australia. The Paterson family also own Yarra Valley Spring Water (YVSW), a bulk and bottled water business based on their farm at Launching Place in Victoria‘s Yarra Valley. YVSW produces a glass bottled sparkling water and also supplies other water bottlers with bulk water. Whilst the world around them is coming to terms with climate change, the Paterson family decided that they wanted to be part of the solution rather than the problem, by starting with a few simple steps such as decreasing their energy usage, offsetting their carbon emissions, the logical next step was to start to revise their packaging and their contribution to landfill. That was the begining of Cool Change. It all started in 1986 when the Patersons ran a tourist property with a restaurant, horse rides and four wheel drive tours around the property situated in the High Country of Victoria. The water they served in the restaurant was being fed from a spring fed dam on the property, without filtration to the restaurant taps. After the local health inspector suggested to bottle the water, because it was the purest water he had ever tested, the Patersons thought he was crazy as bottled water just wasn‘t a big thing in Australia in 1986. A few years later, with the unconventional help of Richard Paterson’s mother – she simply said “dig here” – the family discovered the actual source of the spring 14 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/08] Vol. 3

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