Neat idea this, from Elite, released last month, but which I’ve just been able to test.
The Nature Bottle is a tradition-looking bidon made of fully biodegradable plastic: its body, top and valve will all decompose 100% within a year if left out in the elements.
Available in either 500ml or 750ml versions, it really does seem indistinguishable, quality-wise, from a regular bottle, but has none of the harmful chemicals, including BPA, that normal bidons routinely contain. The valve is nice and watertight, with no dripping, and allows a pleasing amount of water into the mouth.
Click ‘more’ to see the Nature Bottle in CervÃ©lo Test Team colours, as trialled by the team in the 2010 Giro d’Italia.