Plant Biomass Alternatives to Single-Use Plastics

The aim is to scale up product lines that mitigate COVID-19 risks created in the food services and medical care industries. The impact is 3 fold- social, enviornment and health.

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Unreasonable Group

Market of Implementation

  • India

Problem

Plastic pollution is one of our planet’s greatest environmental threats. According to the UN, packaging accounts for nearly half of all plastic waste globally, and much of it is thrown away within just a few minutes of its first use. Much plastic may be single-use, but that does not mean it is easily disposable. When discarded in landfills or in the environment, plastic can take up to a thousand years to decompose. Every year north India is blanketed by severe air pollution caused by the unchecked burning of crop stubble. Farmers burn their crop waste because this is the easiest, quickest and cheapest mode of disposal. Burning of the agri waste leads to the release of Carbon dioxide and Carbon Monoxide into the atmosphere. The particulate matter causes intense air pollution over most of North India between Oct- Feb every year. According to the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, pollution caused 9 million deaths in 2015, three times more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. India fared worst, with 2.5 million people dying early because of pollution.

Solution

Ecoware is a simple, elegant solution that solves both these problems at the same time. Ecoware converts common agricultural waste (rice straw, wheatstraw and sugarcane bagasse) into 100% biodegradable, compostable and natural food packaging solutions (plates, cups, bowls and trays) which are a sustainable alternative to single-use plastics tableware. Ecoware also makes affordable and sustainable alternatives to packaging and medical-care products. Our goal is to create a plastic-free world by raising public awareness and offering an affordable alternative to consumers. Our objective is in sync with the UN Development Program (UNDP) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #12 – Responsible consumption and production. The way we dispose of toxic waste and pollutants are important targets to achieve this goal. We are focused on eliminating single-use plastic and equivalent synthetic materials used in packaging. The world produces more than 400 million tons of plastics every year, of which the largest industrial sector is plastic packaging (36%), single-use material designed for immediate disposal (Source: Geyer, Jambeck, and Law 2017).

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