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 Cervélo Test Team colours, as trialled by the team in the 2010 Giro d’Italia.

Cervelo Test Team Nature bottle

What do you think?