Cheers to a new, green innovation

Innovator: Guy Jeremiah speaking at the UKTI Export Awards, earlier this year and, inset, the new Ohyo bottle.
Innovator: Guy Jeremiah speaking at the UKTI Export Awards, earlier this year and, inset, the new Ohyo bottle.
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Developers of a pioneering, Sheffield-made collapsible drinks bottle are poised to unveil another environmentally-friendly innovation.

Despite being rejected by Dragons’ Den judges, designers of the Aquatina bottle persevered with their drive to develop a re-usable and greener alternative to the millions of disposable plastic drinks bottles made each year.

With the help of city-based leading manufacturer of specialised plastic packaging, William Beckett Plastics, Aquatina’s developers not only solved the manufacturing problems involved in moulding plastic to form a collapsible concertina shape but also achieved commercial success and international sales. Now the company is targeting children, commuters and gym members with a new collapsible bottle, called Ohyo, with a pop-up spout.

Ohyo bottles can contain half a litre of liquid, are small enough to fit into a pocket when empty, still keep working after being expanded and compressed 10,000 times.

Best of all, they avoid the environmental problems caused by bottled water.

Guy Jeremiah, creator of Ohyo and the original Aquatina said: “Ohyo is the product I always wanted to make and the continuing success of Aquatina meant that we were able to design and manufacture its successor here in Britain.

“The new design makes it easier for more people to benefit from our cheaper alternative to environmentally questionable and, in some cases, harmful bottled water.”

“The average person in Europe buys 85 bottles of mineral water a year, at a cost of over £100. A typical UK local authority disposes of up to 10 million bottles a year at great cost to tax payers and, last year, we threw away 150 billion bottles, enough to stretch to the moon and back 50 times.”