A new brand of eco-friendly plastic bags from Bali may just end the world’s plastic problems. Avani, a Bali-based social enterprise, offers a breakthrough by offering bags that are biodegradable, compostable, recyclable, and when dissolved, safe enough to drink.
Plastic bombards the planet, clogging our waterways and killing thousands of animals. Avani’s brand of bioplastic from Indonesia might offer a solution.
According to the team, the products they produce were made from cassava root. These bags dissolve in hot water, thus breaking them down into carbon dioxide and water without toxic residue.
Avani Eco-friendly Plastic Bags Are Environmental Friendly
Although there have been other such products marketed as eco-friendly, most of them aren’t beneficial to the environment. The Inhabitat agrees that biodegradable bags sound good. However, most of them often leave toxic residues that harm plants and marine life. The site added: “They often don’t degrade as well as claimed, causing death in thousands of sea animals.”
On the other hand, with Avani’s eco-friendly plastic bags, sea animals are in good hands. The bags soften in cold or hot water and are naturally converted into carbon dioxide, water, and biomass in months. Furthermore, with the help of macro and microorganisms, they can also biodegrade in landfills.
Aside from bags, Avani also makes other kinds of eco-friendly packaging products. Some of these are takeaway food packaging, coffee cups, spoons and forks and paper straws. They use renewable natural resources, claiming that the entire production process is completely sustainable.
With regards to its price, the bags cost less than the existing compostable plastics in the market. Additionally, Avani donates a portion of funds to various local non-profit environmental projects. Read more about it below (from Avani’s Official Site):
Description: Starch bio-based polymer. Application: Bio-based shopping bags, poly-bags, garbage bags, and general packaging. Bio Degradation Time: 3 to 6 months depending on soil conditions.
Characteristics: (1) Made from natural starches. (2) Naturally converted into carbon dioxide (Co₂), water (H₂O) and biomass within months. (3) Dissolves in hot water and softens in cold water. (4) Ideal to be used as electronic components wrapping, where static electricity must be avoided. (5) Harmless when consumed by animals. (6) Safe for plant growth.
Environmental toxicity: Eco toxicity based on EN 13432 (2000), ASTM D 6400-04, and ISO 17088 (2008) are fulfilled for barley plants. 10% concentration after composting Avani bio-based raw material, no residue was left such as: metabolites, under-graded components, and inorganic components that impair germination and growth of barley plants.
Environmental effect in soil and water. When placed into soil and water, the material biodegrades.