Plastic has been our biggest concern. It is estimated that 150.000.000 tons of plastic is currently in the ocean where it can harms ecosystems and marine life and us at the end
This whale is carry an urgent message from the ocean about how deep is our plastic problem if we don’t care about it
Fortunately there are 2 brightest and greener solution that can replace our petroleum-based plastic
100% Organic , Biodegradable and Non Toxic Plastic Bag
Envigreen Bags – Edible Plastic Bags made from vegetable starch
Envigreen Biotech India has come up with organic biodegradable plastic bags which are made from starch. We may not believe but it’s true.
Ashwath Hegde, a Mangalore-born but now Qatar-based NRI entrepreneur is the man behind Envigreen. This idea came to his mind in 2012 when the Government put a ban on the use of plastic.
This plastic manufacturing process comprises of creating bags using 12 ingredients – potatoes, tapioca, corn, natural starch, vegetable oil, banana, and flower oil. These ingredients are liquefied and taken through a six-step process. This process, does not use any chemicals and even the paints used to print on the bags are all natural and organic.
The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), which has approved the use of these bags, conducted several tests to ensure there were no plastic elements in them. The tests included placing a hot iron on a small piece of EnviGreen sheet. The sheet neither melts nor sticks to the hot iron surface. The bags also don’t melt, drip, or release any toxic fumes when burnt, unlike conventional plastic bags. They have been tested by the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Sriram Institute for Industrial Research and have been given green signal as well
Envigreen Plastic Features
- Zero plastic content
- Dissolves in water
- Free from toxic chemicals
- Suitable for electrical wrapping
- Dust repellent
- Corrosion resistance
- Oil resistance
- It can carry the same weight as any other conventional bags, with the largest being able to lug 8-10 kilograms.
When discarded it takes 180 days to degrade naturally So users can throw them away without worrying about harming the environment, and if placed in a glass of normal water it dissolves in one day. In boiling water, it dissolves in 15 seconds. The best part of it is it has no impact on animals when ingested.To prove it edibility Ashwath Hegde himself ate the bag after dissolving it in water.
The cost of one EnviGreen bag is about 35% more than that of a plastic bag, but 500% less than that of a cloth bag.
“To give you a rough idea, an EnviGreen bag measuring 13 inches by 16 inches costs Rs. 3, while a plastic bag with the same dimensions will cost Rs. 2”.
AVANI Cassava Root Plastic Bag – You can even drink it
Founded by Kevin Kumala from Bali, The Avani Eco has come up with a line of fully biodegradable food products, including takeaway containers, cutlery, straws, and coffee cups, rain ponchos
and most importantly grocery plastic bags which is the main culprit of plastic pollution
Using cassava starch, vegetable oil, and organic resins, it makes avani plastic bag 100% biodegradable and compostable
They biodegrade fully within 3 to 6 months, depending on soil conditions, converting naturally into carbon dioxide and biomass, with no toxic residue. This process can be hurried by dissolving in hot water, softening in cold water, and burning to leave a small amount of ash
The Avani plastic bag is also harmless when eaten by terrestial and marine animal. Kevin proof it by drinking a dissolved cassava plastic bag
Due to its unique composition it is widely considered in the world as one of the lowest cost for bio-plastic.
The cost of this bioplastic is 2 – 3 cent more than a regular plastic bag. But i think it is a small price to pay to prevent further damage by plastic epidemic
These bio-cassava bag also has customisable options using variation of pantone colors based on certain MOQ ( Minimum Order Quantity )