The Miss America Organization is partnering with Nature’s Bottles™ to promote the benefits of plastic bottles made from polylactic acid (PLA), which is generated using corn instead of petroleum.
Miss America will be the international “Go Green” spokesperson for Nature’s Bottles under the campaign slogan “Green is Gorgeous.”
The bottles are manufactured as a bioplastic, which creates a different resin than the polyethylene terephthalate (PETE) typically used to produce petroleum-based water bottles.
This means they cannot be recycled with other PETE bottles, but PLA bottles are biodegradable and can be industrially composted.
The company that produces Nature’s Bottles, NatureWorks LLC, recycles the PLA bottles back into their original resin, called Ingeo. From there, it can be used to produce:
- New plastic bottles
- Cutlery and tableware
- Gift cards
- Electronics’ casing
There is some debate about whether the use of bioplastics will contaminate recycling of PETE bottles, since the bottles look the same but cannot be recycled together. While PETE bottles are marked with a #1 inside a recycling symbol, bioplastics are designated with a #7 for “other” plastics.