Startup invents biodegradable material to replace plastic bags

Have you ever seen a bag made of a fabric-like material that’s though enough to carry your purchase like a plastic bag? Well, a startup in Indonesia has created a completely biodegradable non-toxic bag, so non-toxic that you can drink it.

Al Jazeera posted on its Facebook a video showing the product. The video shows the bag is not easily torn and not weaker than the common plastic bag.

Kevin Kumala, a worker of Avani was tearing the  cassava bag and put the torn part into a slightly lukewarm water. It diluted immediately and within just about one minute it becomes a ‘green drink’ of cassava, which he drank.

This is a product invented by Avani, located in Bali, Indonesia – the second largest source of plastic garbage found in the world’s oceans – the epicenter of the battle against plastic waste.

Cups, straws, cassava bags, wooden cutlery, food containers, and many more, are biodegradable products made by the startup company.

Assumed by most as a tropical island paradise with pristine white sand beaches, the truth is that Bali’s beaches are now often saturated with garbage and debris, and the majority of this trash is plastic. Avani wrote on its website that the company aim to help rehabilitate the island by offering sustainable, Eco-friendly alternatives to hazardous products that locals and tourists use every day.

The company was first focused primarily in rain ponchos, but in 2014 they pivoted to introduce a new category of Eco-friendly products catering specifically to hospitality services under its patented trade name AVANI.

“We’re hoping that one day biodegradable products would be the status quo, of course for the use of plastic,” Kevin said.

While the Indonesian Government is trying to limit the plastic waste with taxes on bags, startups like Avani are working hard to tackle the problem differently.