Meet Solubag, a biodegradable and non-polluting soluble bag that’s made from plastic-free materials.
Since 2014, Solubag, the Chilean company behind the bags has been dedicated to the development and innovation of packaging products, which are all friendly to the environment. Solubag’s raw material can be extruded in any plastic extrusion machine, which allows it to be scaled very fast.
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The oil-free bag is made from polyvinyl alcohol and uses limestone as raw materials. The harmless and non-toxic bag dissolves in water within 5 minutes, instead of up to 500 years without contamination. After the bag is dissolved, it leaves no residue apart from some harmless carbon, which is even safe to drink. The materials are already approved by the FDA.
According to the inventors, the bags don’t cost more to make and the formula can be applied to all kinds of plastic objects, such as cutlery or food packaging. And don’t worry if you get caught in the rain with a bag, the company claims their patented raw material can be made to respond to warm water only.
According to the United Nations, 5 trillion plastic bags are used every year in the world and 70 percent of them end up in the environment including the ocean. It has a serious negative impact on ocean wildlife as they end up eating the plastic or get tangled in them. Could Solubag be the solution to the world’s plastic pollution?