SuCo, namely Sustainable Solutions Company, is founded to take action to reduce single-use plastic in Turkey. Since 2015, their aim is to use SuCo as a tool to build strong brand awareness about plastic wastage. SuCo, which is notable for the function of its products, has recently started operating in the UK as well. They have sales through their websites and store sales are also available according to the institutions they cooperate with. When we consider the affordability, this product is on the market for £19.90 and gives confidence to the consumer with its warranty period of 1 year. Maybe you can wonder about the service life of the foldable bottle. It can be used for a minimum of 1 year, varies depending on consumer habits and usage. I wanted to review this popular product because I was curious about the product content and whether it was a good option compared to other types of bottles. Although it is better than disposable plastic, I believe that it is less environmentally friendly than glass and steel water bottles. The question here is, do you prefer to use a plastic water bottle with ease of portability or a bottle that is more environmentally friendly?
SuCo foldable water bottle is composed of PE (Polyethylene), OPA (Oriented Polyamide) and PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) materials from inside to outside. First of all, PE is the part that comes into contact with water. This material, which is at peace with the human body, is even used in cardiac stents. That is why it is safe to drink water with SuCo, it does not carry carcinogens. Then, OPA, which is located in the middle part, prevents the formation of bacteria and odours by ensuring that the product is durable and does not pass air. It's good for health, but how is it from an environmental point of view? In my opinion, information should be provided about the environmental effects of the production of this chemical and PE. Lastly, the PET that acts as a gas and moisture barrier is the farthest layer to the water so that it does not come into contact with the water like in the case of PET water bottles. Here it is necessary to mention that PET bottles can be easily recycled but it is not recommended to refill and use these bottles by people. However, there is still plastic usage. It is known that manufacturing PET resin creates more toxic emissions than manufacturing glass. How reasonable is it to use less amount of plastic to prevent the use of plastic? This situation should be questioned and they must prove that they also care about the environment as well as consumers’ health since it is crucial for future generations!
SuCo foldable water bottles are manufactured in the Korozo Packaging Industry and Trade Company in Turkey. This company has a website page that proves that SuCos are following regulations of the European Union and the Commission and the norms of the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA). I want to see more transparency here because the packaging industry has a wider range in terms of waste. For example, how much plastic is used in their production and what percentage of it is considered waste?
Mainly SuCo’s foldable water bottles are sold in Turkey. However, it has also been operating for the UK since August 2021. In this regard, I could not see their transportation story, and I don't think it can be presented very well because they don't have a long-term application yet. On the other hand, they continue their transportation by vehicles through cargo companies in Turkey. It is stated that their shipments were prepared by logistics solution partners OPLOG. I think it would be great if they provide the details of the transportation process that the product has gone through until it reaches the customer on their website.
According to SuCo, they work to reduce disposable waste and aim to prevent damage to nature with the dream of leaving a livable world for future generations. SuCo’s website is linked with their blog posts where they share informative content related to a more liveable and sustainable world. They are also active in social media, especially Instagram where they have direct contact with customers. I get the impression that this institution, which started with a motto aimed at improving water drinking habits while reducing single-use plastic, considers itself open to initiatives. They promote sustainable lifestyle habits, DIY (do it yourself) projects, take action posts, and documentaries related to health and the environment. However, I would like to see the value given to employees and the kind of team they have in a transparent way. There is no detailed information about the employees on their websites during the process from production to reaching the consumer. I think that employee satisfaction and detailed information about whether they work on equal terms makes a company more valuable. It would be great if they should focus on how employees judge the behaviour of the organization.
They’ve provided SuCo to children at the Ghana Senya Beraku orphanage in Africa, and every year they want to reach more children and adults who have no access to clean water. There is no detailed information about the donation on their website, except for photos. In addition to these, SuCos, which can be personalized according to the brand and project, is also considered as an awareness product that will be used in everyday life and remind brands according to the target audience. For example, WWF (World Wild Fund for Nature) Turkey and the Middle East Technical University, where I study, have had a collaboration with them. By doing this, they increase the level of use of foldable water bottles at the university. I maybe prefer SuCo’s foldable and colourful water bottles since they’re light, freezable and reusable compared to plastic water bottles but I think there are more environmentally friendly options such as glass and stainless steel water bottles!