Biodegradable #notplastic bags are a thing now
If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. But if it looks like a plastic bag, works like a plastic bag and feels like a plastic bag … well, it isn’t necessarily a plastic bag.
And that’s a great thing because plastic bags – like plastic straws and plastic water bottles – are single-use items that are flooding our landfills and drowning our oceans in waste.
Believe it or not, this plastic bag is 100% biodegradable because it’s crafted from cassava, the vegetable root that is a diet staple in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
The Indonesian company Avani Eco gets the credit for this game-changer. By all accounts this bag is completely degradable and compostable. Heck, you can even eat it if you are so inclined to do so!
Indonesia is fighting a massive plastic pollution problem. The problem has become so bad that the army has been called out to help clear waste.
Plastic pollution is a growing problem globally. About 8 million tons of plastics find their way into the ocean annually. To put it into perspective: That’s the equivalent of dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean EVERY MINUTE.
Read more on this amazing plastic bag and news about other cool breakthroughs – including a compostable coffee cup designed with an origami-like technique that removes the need for a plastic lid.