Most of us have seen the piles of plastics being dumped on public places. Some of us might have been suffocated with the irresistible smell created by haphazard disposition of plastics. What I mean to say here is, in a way or another, in our daily life, we all are affected by the non-biodegradable plastic stuffs.
Government of Nepal has already initiated an effort to ban plastic bags up to 30 microns thickness in the entire country in 2015. Environmental activists have been elated with this effort and commended it. Plastic producers have argued that government took an illogical and improper action without paving alternative greener paths. However, the use of plastic is dominant till today.
Piles of plastics disrupt natural setting and serenity in urban places. Plastics interfere with the decomposition of organic waste in farmlands. Chemicals from plastic wastes that cannot be disposed for extensive time period will contaminate the soil and water, thus contributing to the decrease in crop production in the long run. When burnt, plastics release poisonous gases into the air we breathe that brings up fatal diseases.
It is estimated that plastic takes more than 400 years to degrade. The plastic used earlier still exists in some form in earth. Gaining control over plastic wastes is now such a herculean task that calls for a comprehensive national approach.
Solving nation’s plastic challenge requires integration of multiple approaches and diverse skills. Minimizing plastic production should come up with potential avenues for enhancing greener alternatives that remain largely untapped for commercial production.
Leaf Plus Pvt. Ltd’s energetic team views to design and deploy optimal architecture for areca leaves. The prospect of leveraging their products for curtailing plastics seems exciting.
36 lakhs areca plants are known to be present in the country and each plant shed off 7-8 leaves per year. Prior to their start up, the leaves were either wasted or burnt with no ultimate end usages. Their effort is a demonstration of how otherwise wasted material can be utilized to gain fundamental insights into the mechanism that govern greener alternatives and boosts farm income along with.
Their eco-friendly disposable areca plates made from areca leaf sheaths are soaked in spring water, heat pressed into shape and then dried. The bowls are 100% compostable, biodegradable, healthier to eat in, heat resistant and hence safe for microwaves.
Their team envisions of producing high quality, customizable, biodegradable leaf plates with a lower carbon foot print.
The team explained their products to be strong and sturdy, suitable for semi-solid foods and capable of wears and tears of intense service in restaurants, parties and outings. They assured that their products can be a best option to those who opt for a disposable party plan in an area where water is limited. Their team thrives to work for and with young generations to innovate and adopt greener alternatives. Their team is already excited to embrace a green lifestyle and says “Lets’ go green together.”
By : Anupama Sharma
IAAS, Rampur, Chitwan.