Where do we get our water?
We source all our water from sustainable, quality springs around Australia.
Where is our water put into bottles?
Our water is bottled in a fully certified facility under the highest quality guidelines set down by the Australasian Bottled Water Institute.
Are there any harmful toxins released when the bottle oxo-biodegrades?
The end products of oxo-biodegradation of plastic are carbon dioxide (CO2), water (H2O) and biomass. Extensive independent studies and tests have ensured that no harmful toxic or hazardous remains are left from the Reverte™ oxo-biodegradable process.
What about starch based degradable products, and Why don’t you use that material for your bottles?
We realise there are a number of starch based products coming onto the market that are claiming to be environmentally friendly. Unfortunately none of these products can deliver on their claim and a lot of the experts agree with us. Professor John Beddington, the United Kingdom’s Chief Scientific Adviser has warned that if the world continues to use starch based crops for the production of bioplastics and biofuels the world will soon be unable to feed itself. Professor Gerald Scott who is a specialist in polymer science agrees, “Plastics made from crops, are up to 400% more expensive, they are sometimes not strong enough for use in high-speed machinery and they emit methane (a powerful greenhouse gas) in landfill. Also, it is wrong to use land, water and fertilisers to grow crops for bioplastics and biofuels, which drives up the cost of food for the poorest people.” Many retailers have also expressed concerns with their stock of starch based products experiencing bottle deformation issues due to water transpiring through the bottle membrane and creating a vacuum. Unfortunately, starch based products are simply not suitable for bottled water and beverages or the health of the environment.
Will your bottles start to oxo-biodegrade on the store shelf?
No, they can have a programmed shelf life. Reverte™ has a unique control package with two trigger mechanisms. The first is a photoinitiator which means that the oxo-breakdown reaction does not significantly begin before the product is discarded and exposed to UV light and/or heat. There is also a built-in time release, which can be programmed to be activated after a certain period of time. The second mechanism we use is biodegradation promoters that assist the growth of microbial colonies. This speeds up and facilitates the ultimate biodegradation of the plastic following the initial oxo-breakdown.