Nowadays most of the people are talking about environmental pollution. We are more prone to make debates on the pollution. All the time we blame others for causing damage to nature. But how many of us take the things seriously? How many of us really worried about preserving our mother nature? Before the things become worse we should come forward to make the earth a better place to live. Many scientists are now coming up with great innovations in this regard. The best thing is we can actively take part in it. All we need to do is to bring about changes in our daily habits.
A new startup has now come up with a revolutionary idea which aims at reducing the use of plastics. Plastic plays a major role in our day to day life. We use it to carry things or in other things. But we become ignorant about the environmental impacts of plastic. Plastics come from the chemical compounds which are not degradable naturally and contribute largely to the pollution. So while thinking about an alternative to it we need to think about plastic like bags which are biodegradable.
Envigreen Biotech India Private Ltd has come up with organic biodegradable plastic bags which are made from starch. We may not believe but it’s true. Ashwath Hegde, a Mangalore-born but now Qatar-based NRI entrepreneur is the man behind Envigreen. This idea came to his mind in 2012 when the Government put a ban on the use of plastic.
During that period there was no preplanned alternative to it and the sudden decision hampered the daily life of people. It also affected the economy of the people as one can not buy bags worth 5/- to bring something all the time. So the quest of the alternative to plastic gave birth to Envigreen. The bags are from vegetable waste hence they are non-toxic and has no impact on the environment.
WHAT MAKE UP THE BAG
The plastic looking carry bags come from natural starch and vegetable oil derivatives. The manufacturing method is also different from that of plastics. They use many ingredients ranging from 12 to 14. It generally comes from vegetable extracts which are a major source of starch. Others such as potato, tapioca, corn, banana, starch and flower oils also include. The process involves six steps and before processing the raw materials liquefied for the ease of processing. To prove its complete edibility they don’t use any artificial colors. Instead, they use 100% natural organic color. If we will look at the manufacturing cost then we can see some difference. More cost is involved in making the product than plastic bags as it involves some high-cost raw materials.
SOME FEATURES OF THESE BIODEGRADABLE0 PLASTIC BAGS
- Zero plastic content
- Dissolves in water
- Free from toxic chemicals
- Suitable for electrical wrapping
- Dust repellent
- Corrosion resistance
- Oil resistance
When discarded it takes 180 days to degrade naturally and if placed in a glass of normal water it dissolves in one day. In boiling water, it dissolves in 15 seconds. The best part of it is it has no impact on animals when ingested. Hence it does not need any second thought before throwing it out.To prove it edibility Ashwath Hegde himself ate the bag after dissolving it in water. It is an environment-friendly, organic product. We can also say it as a consumer-friendly product.
Envigreen produces a variety of products which has many uses in our day to day life. The products range from daily use carry bags to wrappers. Other products also available such as trash bags, bin liners, oil and grease sachets, laundry bag, aprons, packaging films etc.
AUTHENTICITY OF THE PRODUCT
The bags are completely natural product and to ensure it has gone through several tests. The tests are hot iron test where the bags neither melt nor stick to the iron which shows that it is a plastic-free product. Boiling water test, burning test, edible test, strength test were also done. It do not impart any toxic fumes and after these tests, it has got the aprroval from The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB). Other institutes like Central Institute of Plastic Engineering, TUV-SUD South Asia and Technology and Sriram Institute for Industrial Research also have given green signal to these products after testing for its quality and constituents.
A report by The Ministry of Environment says that in India 15000 tons of plastic waste is generated and out of which only 9000 tons go for processing after collection. So it is our prime duty to reduce the use of plastic and promote the use of such biodegradable things.
Envigreen makes a tagline ” A tribute to mother earth” which is self-explanatory itself. Envigreen aims at making India plastic free and reducing the use of plastics all around the world. Plastic has now become a threat to our environment and it hampers our ecology. It causes damage to the species which play a major role in balancing the nature. According to the Honourable Supreme Court of India, ‘Plastic waste is a ticking bomb in India.’. Envigreen is now actively taking part in Prime Ministers “Swacch Bharat” initiative with its promise to make India a better place to live in.
So it’s time to think about nature and bring about some changes in our lifestyle and daily habits. So that we can show our gratitude to our nature for everything it has given to us.
One Envigreen Biodegradable Plastic Bags – Rs 3
Envigreen – Biodegradable Plastic Bags