Plastic is easy to create but difficult to recycle than materials like aluminum, glass, or paper. The polymers are difficult to destroy as they take minimum 500 years to decompose.
Though the governments have banned the plastic carry bags, the shopping landscape still using them due to the lack of cost-effective alternatives and its creating serious environmental hazards.
Concerning the plastic-environmental hazards Ashwath Hegde, a 25-year-old native of Mangalore and now an NRI entrepreneur from Qatar has designed an inventive replacement for the universal plastic bags.
Ashwath Hegde’s ambitious plans to introduce his “EnviGreen” carry bags succeed. He claims that the bags are made from vegetable waste and vegetable oil derivatives and can be decomposed naturally in 60-180 days.
The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board and the global certification and testing firm TÜV SÜD South Asia have certified these bags as plastic free, according to Hegde.
As the plastic carry bags causes harmful effects on our environment, Hegde decided to develop plastic free carry bags which are eco-friendly, affordable, and will not negatively affect the environment.
In 2012, Mangaluru City Corporation banned plastic bags after then Hegde get inspired by the restrictions and decided to develop this new project.
Hegde explained that the bags are completely biodegradable, it degrades naturally when discarded and also no harm to animals if they consume it. He demonstrated the product’s reliability by submerging it in warm water and it started to dissipate. In contrast, the plastic bags never react this way because it contains chemical additives.
evergreen Biotech’s plastic-free bags are recyclable, 100% organic, and consumable for animals. The process of making these bags is totally different from the process followed for making plastic or paper bags, according to him.
Hegde says, “We work in tandem with farmers in Karnataka from whom we procure vegetable wastes and other raw materials,” says Hegde. “In addition to becoming an alternate source of income for them, it also helps us bring down costs and make our products more affordable for the masses.”
He and his research team are planning to mass sale in four states including Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Maharashtra. Along with carry bags, the team is also preparing to manufacture biodegradable trash bags, oil and grease sachets and packaging films.