Company Creates Bags from the Cassava Root to Replace Plastic Bags

In the fight to reduce plastic pollution, some places have banned single-use plastics, especially plastic bags. They are one of the worst offenders when it comes to plastic products, and we do not help the problem when we throw them away directly after arriving home from the grocery store. There are several options available to replace plastic bags, and the Indonesian company Avani, founded by Kevin Kamala, offers another one by using the cassava root.

Using the Cassava Root

Avani creates bags made from the cassava root, which comes from a woody shrub in tropical climates. The root is high in carbohydrates and cassava bags are made using its starch. The bags are strikingly similar to the look of plastic bags, but they are vastly different. Avani started printing on their products “I am not plastic,” and the company and its followers have spread the hashtag #iamnotplastic over several social media websites thousands of times.

They offer a variety of products, from ponchos, bags, and straws, all made from the cassava root. Some of their other products, like utensils, cups, and boxes, are made from other sustainable and biodegradable products.

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The Benefits

Avani’s cassava bags are sustainable, biodegradable, compostable, and customizable. They are just as strong as regular plastic bags but without the harmful effects. These bags decompose in a matter of months, and if they end up outside of a landfill and into an animal’s stomach, the animal will not be harmed. They are completely edible, and to prove it, Kamala added some of a bag to a glass of water and drank it. This can help reduce the number of animals that die from ingesting plastic products.

The Negatives

As good as it sounds to have eco-friendly bags, there are some downsides to cassava bags. One, they are twice as expensive as regular plastic bags, which is a deterrent to some people.

Two, the cassava has been a source of food to the Indonesian people for hundreds of years. It has also been used as food for livestock. This begs the question of whether it is better to use the root for the livelihood of the people or the plastic waste piling on their beaches.

Three, it is only a temporary solution to a problem the human race has. They will have to face the effects of their rampant consumerism one day. Constantly buying and throwing away is not a green lifestyle. Eventually, people will have to learn to reduce and reuse the things they buy.

In Summation

Just like many solutions presented to make the Earth greener, cassava root products come with a cost. It will be up to you to decide the best path for you to take to go green. These products will not be a bad idea, as long as they do not harm the lives of the Indonesian people in the process.

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Lacey Jolley

I love exploring, experiencing new places, and eating good food! I'm amazed every day at how well the Earth provides for us, and I want to return the favor. I hope to help others learn how we can make our world a better, cleaner place.

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