The Bag of the Future

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The New Temp Bag

From Bali, Indonesia comes this awesome new bag that is ready to replace the excessive and antiquated plastic version currently dominating the planet. Although other plastic bag alternates have made the claim to be biodegradable, this one is totally compostable, and can even be eaten safely by wildlife (apparently they dig it)! It’s made from Cassava root (see below), an indigenous plant that’s safely consumed by humans and animals alike, and was engineered to degrade in nature within 3 to 6 months.

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Choking Our Oceans

What’s additionally inspiring is the fact that this initiative was launched to help combat a very real problem that is currently plaguing Bali and the planet at large. The amount of plastic particles permeating our oceans is rising at alarming rates, and this toxic debris –contributed by the use of billions of disposable plastic bags – is visibly washing up on Bali’s beaches. The team at Avani, the social enterprise that launched this product, declares as it’s vision; “to become the nation’s leading pioneer in sustainable alternatives by providing our stakeholders present beneficial values while leaving impactful footprints for future generations.” A brilliant vision that strikes straight at the heart of Sustainably Motivated values.

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The Edible Alternative

As explained in the previous post, Getting Past The Plastic, plastic has indeed proven to be an incredible material and one that should not be used for disposable, single use items. Unfortunately, this resilient material has come to saturate our societies. The approach to counter the plastic pervasion is therefore two-fold. One the one hand we must look to clean up all the plastic that is poisoning our environment (see Waste Not, Want Not). There are pretty creative ways to accomplish this first part, ranging from plogging (picking up litter while jogging), and ocean vacuums (Seabin Project), to social plastic programs  and ocean filters (The Ocean Cleanup). However, the ideal would of course be to keep the plastic getting out there in the first place, and looking to alternatives like the one designed by Avani demonstrates amazing potential. Kudos!!

Watch the video below to learn more, or click the welcome image (top of post) to be redirected to their website.

 

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