The creator of the ‘Gobie’ filtered water bottle, Gobie H2O, has selected a PolyOne specialty GLS TPE formulation and FDA-compliant OnColor colorants for its reusable filtered water bottles.
“Our ultimate goal for the Gobie water bottle is to help reduce plastic waste from single-use water bottles while promoting consumer health,” said Ari Hoffman, Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder of Gobie H2O. “However, with several reusable water bottles already on the market, we turned to PolyOne for a high-performing material that would provide competitive advantages and differentiation.”
In collaboration with Gobie designers, PolyOne says it helped develop a recyclable, dishwasher-safe, and FDA-compliant TPE material that avoids leaching into the bottle’s contents. The material also provides an attractive matte finish that maintains appearance after prolonged use. Gobie overmoulds GLS Versaflex TPE material on the bottle’s patented FlexFlo squeeze grip, non-slip base and finger-loop for non-slip grip properties, as well as attractive aesthetics and a strong bond for durability.
Hoffman says that before selecting the Versaflex material, Gobie evaluated more than 40 different materials, including rubber, along with methods such as bonding and ultrasonic welding. “PolyOne provided incredible support, from trialing and testing services to onsite consultations. We are a small company, but PolyOne provided excellent support, spending time and effort to help make this project a success.”
In addition, Gobie chose OnColor colorants to differentiate its creative and sustainable product line. The FDA-compliant colorants were used to produce fresh, bright hues, pairing with the TPE material to avoid bonding problems that Gobie had experienced previously with other materials.
“Products like the Gobie H2O bottle play an important role in increasing sustainability,” said Charles Page, Marketing Director for PolyOne GLS. “We are pleased that our materials are contributing to a unique product that has received wide recognition in its first year on the market. This design showcases our ability to collaborate with customers to address multiple challenges.”