The plastic bottle, used to fill water bottles, was once ubiquitous.
In fact, it is still in widespread use, with over 2 billion bottles worldwide.
But today, most plastic bottles are made of polyethylene, which is extremely brittle and can break when handled.
This means they can often cause serious injuries, including burns.
To prevent this, plastic bottles have been coated with a protective layer of polystyrene, which resists breaking.
Plastic bottles have become a target for the plastic industry, which claims the coating can help protect them from falling.
However, new research published in Nature Materials suggests that this coating may actually make the plastic bottle more susceptible to being broken by the elements in the environment.
In the future, it could be used to protect bottles from falling and to prevent other harmful chemicals from leaking out.
The team, led by PhD student and research fellow David Laidler from the University of Bath, UK, took samples of bottles to look for any signs of wear.
They found that the coating on the bottle was far from perfect, with some areas of the bottle being visibly discoloured, with other areas showing signs of cracking.
The coating has been applied to the surface of plastic bottles before, and the researchers believe that they are the first time it has been seen to work on a large scale.
This suggests that the plastic coating may be used as a means of protecting the plastic bottles from the elements, and not as a permanent solution to their problems.
This is important because it may be possible to apply a thin layer of this coating to a wide range of plastic products, such as bottles, bottles of water, plastic kitchenware and even plastic food containers.
“It is still early days, and we need to see more studies before we can fully know what effect it has,” said Laidley.
“We think that it might provide a way to improve the overall health of the environment by helping to protect it from chemicals that are in the water.”
He said that it was important that the study did not prove that the polystyrin coating had an effect on the bottles themselves.
The researchers say that further research will be needed to determine whether the coating has a positive effect on bottle breakage, but said that the results showed that it could indeed improve the durability of plastic bottle packaging.
“The coating could have a wide impact on the durability and stability of plastic, and also on the water properties of the water,” said Professor Laidlers team leader, Dr. Joanne Leach from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University College London.
However, the coating may help to protect the plastic from chemicals, such a plasticisers, and may also help to prevent damage to the water molecules, and therefore to avoid discolouration of the plastic after it has dropped.”