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Path to sustainability! Meet these ecopreneurs with innovative alternatives to plastic bags


The International Plastic Bag Free Day was observed last July, to raise awareness of the problems of plastic pollution and its harmful impact on the natural environment.

One of the biggest challenges the world is currently facing is plastic waste and the government is trying to end the use of plastic from head to toe. On the other hand, some environmentally conscious people have taken a step ahead and made a constant contribution by offering alternatives to plastic products.

These five ecopreneurs encourage people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles with their eco-friendly and eco-friendly products.

Ved Krishna: Vice Chairman, Yash Pakka Ltd

A well-traveled entrepreneur, Ved Krishna chooses to stay behind and come up with innovative ways to eliminate single-use plastics around the world. His vision is to leave the planet cleaner. He runs a successful business, Yash Pakka Ltd, which manufactures wrapping paper and molded catering products from sugarcane waste (bagasse), which is locally sourced and pulped.

In addition, it launched an innovative line of compostable tableware products under the “CHUK” brand. It has also helped her company to win India Design Mark, Red Dot and CII design awards.

EnviGreen Bags by Ashwath Hegde

Qatar-based NRI entrepreneur Ashwath Hegde has delivered a truly revolutionary product – a 100% organic and biodegradable alternative to plastic bags. Made from 100% organic and biodegradable materials such as natural starch, tapioca, corn, potato, vegetable oil, banana and flower oil, the bags are both eco-friendly and edible. They do no harm to animals if ingested – so no more wincing every time you see dogs, goats and cows munching on bags.

The sachets are designed to dissolve in a glass of water at room temperature within a day and in boiling water within fifteen seconds. Even if thrown on the street, they will naturally degrade within 180 days.

Currently, EnviGreen bags are available in Qatar and Abu Dhabi, however, in India, they can only be found at major retail chains in Bengaluru like Metro and Reliance.

Arun Balachandran and Jyoti Pahadsingh: Founders, GreenBUG

It was started by a couple from Bengaluru to provide eco-friendly trash bags made from newspaper and maida. In 2019, 44-year-old Arun Balachandran and his wife Jyoti Pahadsingh decided to ditch the plastic trash bags they used daily and opt for a green alternative. However, upon research, they discovered that no green options exist on the market. So the two decided to create an ecological alternative themselves.

The couple opted to use multiple layers of biodegradable materials such as old newspapers to ensure that the paper doesn’t tear easily or become soggy from the liquid waste dumped on it. Also, instead of using fevicol, maida is applied to the base and sides so it won’t tear when lifting the bag.

Bin liners are available for standard sized bins, the liners are nearly 13 inches tall, have an opening of over 90cm, can expand to a volume of approximately 10 liters and can hold approximately two kilos of dry load.

Mini Varkey Shibu & Kochery C Shibu: Founders, MINC

MINC was founded by Mini Varkey Shibu and Kochery C Shibu in 2007. Varkey is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and says she is passionate about eco-fashion, khadi and minimalist design. On the other hand, Kochery is an alumnus of the National Defense Academy with a career in the Indian Navy. He has experience building design studios and has worked in operational development promotions and vendor development.

The startup designs clothes using only natural fabrics, eco-friendly azo-free dyes, and closures made from raw materials like wood and coconut. He also promotes khadi and believes in promoting an eco-friendly lifestyle through eco-fashion.

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