If you follow our blog, then you know how we feel about plastic pollution. And if you don’t already know, here are a few facts that will tell you just how serious this problem is. Every year, the world uses 100 billion disposable plastic bags, and most of them end up in our oceans. Because marine animals mistake them for food, over 100 million of them die each year because they’re strangled by them, or they eat them. This has led the the near extinction of 700 species. It affects our ability to have enough oil too. At the current rate of use, it takes more than 100 million barrels of oil just to produce the bags.
It’s a huge problem, but a man in India named Ashwath Hegde may have found the solution. He became concerned because the plastic pollution problem in India is huge and most people can’t afford reusable shopping bags as an alternative.
How the Problem was Solved
So he went to work to solve the problem. He used a combination of natural starch, vegetable oil derivatives, potato, tapioca, and banana to create a bag that looks and acts like the typical grocery store bag, but is very, very different.
This bag, which he has dubbed the EnviGreen bag, will degrade on its own in just six months. And if you don’t wat to wait that long? Just put it in room temperature water for 1 day and watch it disappear. In a bigger hurry? Place the bag in boiling water and it will dissolve within fifteen seconds.
And as if that’s not enough, the bag’s paint is all organic and natural, which means it won’t hurt the environment. And get this—the bag is edible. Hegde displayed this by boiling a bag and then drinking the liquid in front of the press.
What to Do in the Meantime
The bags are currently being sold in Abu Dhabi and Qatar, and authorities expect them to be released in the Indian market this year. Who knows when they’ll hit the United States, but in the meantime, the perfect solution to reducing the plastic waste is to carry a reusable shopping bag. Experts say that the average American family could reduce the plastic thrown into the environment every year by 1,500 bags by carrying their own shopping bags.
What about you? Do you already carry your own? If not, it might be a good time to check out some affordable and stylish reusable shopping bags.
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