A Better Soda Can

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Aluminum cans are convenient! So why would we need a better soda can? Well because even though they're recyclable, they're not really reusable. This soda can is not only reusable, it's also biodegradable. Better for everybody!

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It's humorously called the TIN CAN though its made from PLA (poly-lactic acid), which means some sort of corn starch that can retain some plastic properties (and also, one of the better eco-friendly materials around). Basically, it's a nature-friendly thermos with a unique design. I'll take two. $28 [Hao Shi via Yanko Design]


Chris Pinto

As a packaging engineer... let me give you my 2 cents.

PLA (poly lactic acid) in mass production = BAD

Who ever designed this didn't do their homework.

While PLA might be "biodegradable", producing it is horrible for the environment. The amount of water that's used to grow the corn and the mass plots of land that's needed to harvest the corn = flat-out bad for the environment.

Truth be told, we actually do a good deal of recycling PET bottles in the US.

It doesn't take that much PLA to mess up a whole bath of PET (ie if PLA gets mixed into a bath of PET than that PET can't be recycled.)

- There are just a really small handful of reasons why the PLA movement never caught off in full-scale.

PLA is not new.. and PLA is not the answer.