Greenhope is on a mission to help end plastic pollution by using more sustainable consumption and production technologies. It has created a new plastic source with the creation of Ecoplas, a cassava-based plastic that is 100% biodegradable and renewable (bio-based) from tapioca.
The roots that are used from the cassava trees are not considered a staple food in Indonesia, therefore it doesn’t disrupt the food chain – unlike some bioplastics made from edible crops, such as corn. This next-gen of plastics is sourced from farmer cooperatives across Indonesia who reportedly receive a “Fair for Life”-certified trade price for their work.
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Ecoplas has been used to make shopping bags, landfill covers, garbage bags, dog waste bags, packaging, tissue packaging, and hangers, etc. In most cases, Ecoplas should biodegrade in less than a year rather than hundreds, and will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, according to Greenhope.