Could plastic soon be a thing of the past? An inventor has created a biodegradable water bottle made out of algae, and it could completely change the impact on the environment made by plastic.

The bottle — created by Ari Jónsson, a product design student at the Iceland Academy of the Arts — is made out of red algae powder and water, and is 100% biodegradable. The designer felt it “urgent” to develop a way to replace traditional disposable bottle material due to the amount of waste produced by plastic.

Jónsson states, “I read that 50 percent of plastic is used once and then thrown away so I feel there is an urgent need to find ways to replace some of the unreal amount of plastic we make, use and throw away each day.”

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The Bottle losing its shape as it decomposes

The bottle doesn’t start to decompose until it’s completely empty, so no worries about it melting halfway through your drink.

Jónsson’s invention could do wonders for the environment by cutting down on plastic pollution. Here’s a shocking fact: Americans throw away enough plastic bottles every year to circle the earth four times. That plastic piles up in landfills and pollutes the ocean — it’s simply not sustainable, which is why the city of San Francisco has banned plastic water bottles completely.

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The effects of plastic pollution

Designers are experimenting with seaweed and other forms of algae as well for items such as lampshades and dyes. These changes are a step forward to securing the future of our beautiful planet. Animals will have healthier places to live, and future generations will thank those in the present for their efforts and concern over their lives and the environment.