The Reusable Origami Bottle

The Reusable Origami Bottle

July 27, 2020

The reusable bottle may never be the same.  DiFOLD has developed a bottle that is collapsible, and named it the Origami bottle.

One use of this bottle is for water.  The bottle can be folded easily and carried in collapsed form in a backpack or purse.  The user can then fill the container from a drinking fountain or refill station.  This would eliminate the need to purchase a plastic bottle of water.

The Origami bottle offers several features.  It is made from a plant-based material, whereas many competitor products use petroleum in their production.  This bottle’s material is easily recycled.  It is also durable.

Another use of this product is to refill it with other liquids besides water, leading to the nickname of ‘the Milk Man model’.   Although not as common today, at one point in time it was very common for milk to be delivered in reusable glass bottles.  The origami bottle hopes to replicate this approach by having customers bring back the bottle to the store to be refilled at the store.  Or it could be returned in collapsed form to a facility to be refilled.


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Boston Beer Recycles Beer from Expired Kegs

Boston Beer Recycles Beer from Expired Kegs

In the week of April 11th, beer sales rose by 11.6%.  However, not everything is rosy for beer producers.

The increase in retail sales has been offset by reduced sales to restaurants and bars that are shuttered during this pandemic.  So, beer producers have a mismatch between packaged beer and kegs.  They will need to change their production scheduling to reflect the shift in demand between packaged beer and kegs.

An additional problem is that many beer producers are receiving back expired kegs, and must determine what to do with them.

Many companies recycle expired beer by converting it to ethanol for gasoline.  However, the demand for gasoline is down as well during this pandemic.  One interesting solution is to convert them to ethanol for use as hand sanitizer.


Video Spotlight: Brewery and distillery makes hand sanitizer amid coronavirus pandemic (Mar 19, 2020, ABC Action News)


This post is based on the CNBC article, Kegs Are Going Bad as Coronavirus Keeps Restaurants Closed. Boston Beer Has A Solution, by Amelia Lucas, April 24, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: JirkaBursik/Shutterstock.com

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