Imitating Nature

Imitating Nature

We’ve talked before on this page about our goal at Paper Water Bottle: to provide an alternative to plastic bottles with a pulp and fiber-based Backyard Compostable™ liquid container. That places composting at the center of our movement. It’s no accident or coincidence. Composting is emblematic of the kind of transformation we believe is at the heart of a healthy and continuously renewing society.

The process of composting is not, in itself, new. Mesopotamians were doing it a few thousand years ago. Different “recipes” for composting methods pop up in literature throughout history. And the purposes weren’t always the same. There’s no question that the fertilizing properties of compost were clear. But there also wasn’t always a landfill at hand as an alternative. No trucks, no weekly pickup, no ability to simply cast it out of site. So, where you can, you find use for waste. Time will tell if we find ourselves there again—with requirements for space, energy, and transportation leaving us with little alternative but to make the best use of processes that occur in nature without ceasing.

Nutrient-rich soil from composting organic material

A healthy compost pile breaks down yard and kitchen waste into a natural dark, nutrient-rich soil additive.

That’s all composting is really: the replication of the kind of maintenance nature exercises all the time. We saw seeds fall and grow, and we duplicated the process. We saw the rain and irrigated our crops. We saw growth encouraged by humus-rich soil and decided to cultivate the fertilizer along with the plants. Of course, as the materials available to us changed, we’ve had to learn what works and what doesn’t.

The Environmental Protection Agency suggests the following:
• Combine the green stuff (grass clippings and food scraps) with the brown stuff (leaves and branches). The details of the mixture depend on which greens and browns you’re using.
• Size matters, too. More pieces will improve the area microorganisms have to work on, but too small and the mass compacts too much. Leave room to breathe.
• Water—transformation requires it.
• You need air too, since oxygen is the fuel for the process—but not enough to dry it out.
• Watch the temperature. It’s how you know the process is working. Composting generates heat.

The benefits are almost too numerous to list. They’re the obvious ones, like making fresh, clean, non-chemical fertilizer available to your garden or house plants. Some are less obvious, like improving air quality. It also frees space in your weekly trash pick-up – and ultimately landfills – by removing compostable materials.

It’s not often that the makers of a product are so anxious for you to throw it away—but that’s just where we ultimately want to be at Paper Water Bottle—in the middle of your compost pile, giving back energy and nutrients to the earth, rather than taking up space, unchanged and unused in a landfill. That’s why we’ve begun with the end in mind. Our products’ demise is as important as its origins, from sustainable and renewable fiber sources.

That’s what continuous transformation is all about—changing products and paradigms from what you needed yesterday into what you need tomorrow. Getting that kind of change from plastic bottles is hard. Paper Water Bottle, on the other hand, is designed for exactly that. Like composting, which turns waste into fertilizer, again and again, Paper Water Bottle is more than a gimmick: it’s A Refreshing Alternative™.

By |2017-07-12T00:11:03+00:00September 3rd, 2015|