With each passing day, we realize the significance of putting a stop to the junk we are depositing on the earth. The menace of non-biodegradable wastes has reached unmanageable proportions, so every time we refuse to take a plastic bag from the supermarket or buy products that are not packed in layers of plastic, we have taken a small step in saving the planet. A Mexican company has come up with an innovative product that can greatly reduce the garbage we dump every day on our planet, biodegradable cutlery.
The company’s products biodegrade within 240 days are made with a byproduct that can be obtained in large quantities, avocado seeds. And operating out of Mexico is just right when you need plenty of these seeds, as it produces half the total world production of avocadoes.
Biodegradable Cutlery Decomposes In 240 Days
The Mexican company, BioFase makes both compostable and biodegradable cutlery. The difference between the two is that while the former must be placed in a compost bin before they fully decompose, biodegradable cutlery decomposes naturally after a certain period, 240 days for BioFase’s products.
The scale of production can ensure that products get cheaper over time, but it is a great use for something that is destined to be dumped into a landfill. The biodegradable cutlery was created after a year of innovative research. The biggest challenge while creating these eco-friendly disposables was the molding part.
While the popularity of avocados has exploded worldwide, what is lesser known is that the fruit has been responsible for some very negative impacts on the environment. Many South American regions have seen their water supplies dry up as avocado farms guzzled all supplies. But at least this company has found a way to turn the seeds into something useful.
These seeds are sourced from oil and guacamole manufacturers which would otherwise have ended up in landfills. BioFase has patented a process that converts 130 tons of the seeds each month into ‘avolpast’ a biopolymer material that is used to make biodegradable cutlery such as knives, forks, straws, and spoons.
The company also exports its products to 11 Latin American countries. The use of the products made by BioFase goes a long way in decreasing the non-biodegradable materials that get dumped on the planet every moment.