Meet the Future Of The Plastic Bag. 100% Biodegradable Organic Bags You Can Eat!
Written by Sakhile Mthembu
India has been pushing hard to reduce its plastic waste as a nation for many years. Their efforts have been very successful and many cities have already issued plastic bag bans. In the country’s most recent triumph over plastic pollution, the capital region of Delhi issued a ban on all disposable plastics, which will take effect in 2017.
While legislation like this helps to protect the environment and wildlife, a young entrepreneur, Ashwath Hegde, noticed that it was a hardship for many Indians. “People were concerned about how they would carry products from the market now. Everyone cannot afford a bag worth Rs. 5 or Rs. 15 to carry a kilogram of sugar,” Hegde told The Better India newspaper and it was for this reason that he came up with a more sustainable and affordable solution: edible plastics.
Hegde founded EnviGreen with the idea to make plastic-like substances that would be: “100 percent organic, biodegradable, and eco-friendly.” By using a combination of natural starch and vegetable oils to make a bag that looks and feels just like plastic but with none of the negative environmental impacts of a plastic vessel. EnviGreen’s bags will naturally degrade in 180 days and if they are submerged in water they will disappear in a day! Oh and these bags are also edible!! This means that when animals encounter non-degraded bags, they can eat them with no adverse effects.
Once available for use, EnviGreen bags will not just help ease this problem but also help many consumers struggling who find it a struggle to avoid plastics in their daily lives. So until EnviGreen’s bags are available at your local supermarket, bring your own from home.
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