It’s Time To Rethink Plastic Waste
Plastic waste is a huge problem, probably bigger than most people realize. For starters, did you know there is a huge patch of plastic garbage floating around the Pacific Ocean? When I say huge, I’m talking 80,000 tons of garbage. That’s more that just a few plastic plates. To put that in perspective, imagine five hundred 747 airplanes just floating around the Pacific Ocean.
If these figures don’t move you, maybe this will.
This giant pilot whale died from eating plastic garbage that found its way to the ocean. It washed up on a beach in Thailand. The autopsy found more than 80 plastic bags inside the whale according to reports from the Washington Post. What did the whale ever do to us to deserve this? It’s not a pretty sight. Plastic waste is a problem.
The toughest part is that it’s everywhere! Supermarkets, restaurants, our homes, everywhere! To make matters worse we really suck at disposing of all this plastic. We use and plastics to ultimately throw away and they end up in places its not suppose to.
Don’t get me wrong I would much rather use a disposal plastic plate, then to have to do dishes. But, maybe there is a better way. A way that’s not harmful to sea life. While also maintaining our first world luxuries like disposable cutlery.
This is where circular design may come in handy. Circular design is a framework in which products and services are designed to naturally integrate back into Earth’s eco-system after use. Often times the products we use and throw away become hazardous to the environment and are rather troublesome to dispose of. As in the case of plastics. Circular design aims to create products that decompose and recycle naturally. Cause no adverse effects to the environment once disposed.
If circular design piques your interest, then check out some literature over at Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
A few companies pioneering the circular design space are Evoware and Avani. Together they are developing business models revolved around a circular design economy in which product degrade naturally as if they fell right off a tree.
Founded in 2014, Bali based Avani provides eco-friendly bags, disposable cutlery, and packaging made from cassava. The team at Avani aims to replace disposable plastic products.
Their line up of products includes bags, packaging, cutlery, and bio-paper products like cups.
These products take the burden off of people and sanitation departments to properly dispose these materials. Since Avani’s products are made from cassava – these materials naturally decompose into the earth after use and become compost for the soil.
In the same vein, Indonesia based Evoware is pioneering the development of biodegradable materials through the production of its seaweed-based packaging. Its seaweed packaging is backed by a halal and safety guarantee.
Meaning the packaging material Evoware produces is safe enough to eat! So if your really hungry you don’t have to waste time opening your wrapper to get to your potato chips.
But in all seriousness, Evoware is providing tangible solutions to the worlds plastic waste problems. Firms like Evoware and Avani are ushering in a new era of innovation. These socially responsible firms are bringing value to society and re-imagining our economy in environmentally conscious ways.