Plastic bags are one of the biggest evils of the present day, and no matter what action is taken to stop their usage, they always find their way back into use. Several cities in India have implemented a ban on plastic bags but they are still in use. Either it is because of poor execution or, because cloth bags are more expensive. Many people don’t have the ability to buy cloth bags when they go shopping while some forget to carry cloth bags. This is why EnviGreen has come to rescue all of us, as well as save the earth in the process.
Ashwath Hegde, a Qatar-based entrepreneur, who was born in Mangalore, decided to come up with an alternative to plastic bags when the city of Mangalore banned them in 2012. After around four years of research, Ashwath has found a green alternative to plastic bags. His company, EnviGreen, manufactures 100 percent organic, biodegradable, and eco-friendly bags.
While these bags look similar to plastic ones, they’re far from it in composition. They are made of natural starch and vegetable oil derivatives. The manufacturing process is completely different from that of plastic, cloth or paper bags. EnviGreen uses 12 ingredients, including potato, tapioca, corn, natural starch, vegetable oil, banana, and flower oil. The manufacturing process involves six steps before which the raw materials are converted to a liquid form.
Not only do these bags take 180 days to biodegrade naturally, but they also dissolve in boiling in 15 seconds! They’re edible as well and therefore, not harmful for animals. Ashwath even consumed a bag after dissolving it to show that it indeed isn’t dangerous. While the company hasn’t started selling all over India, the EnviGreen bags are already available in Qatar and Abu Dhabi.