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News:

September 2014:

Bioplastics research has begun at MIT.  Projected end of research is December 2014.


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We work at replacing major waste items such as plastic bags by offering alternatives and producing affordable bioplastics.

 

Soft Plastic Waste in Myanmar

A very large part of waste produced in Myanmar is soft plastics, which is currently difficult to recycle.  The landfill contains more than 85% soft plastics.  Many imported items are wrapped in soft plastics and there is a lack of the necessary infrastructure to dispose of them properly.  Plastic bags are used extensively throughout the town in shops and at the market, even for single items.  Some popular drinks are contained in a soft plastic and become litter on the roads and in the river.  Burning soft plastics is especially dangerous due to the extremely toxic gases produced by burning plastics. 

Although a soft plastics recycling factory is being planned in the town, the collection and decontamination of the large amount of soft plastics in the landfill and river takes much work and time, and future separate collection has a limit of effectiveness and will be a continuous cost.  Recycling also cannot guarantee 100% resource conservation, and limited types of items can be produced from soft plastics; food-safe plastic would not be produced from recycled plastic at this factory, and in general only from machines costing millions of dollars.  A better long-term solution is replacing soft plastics altogether, with something less harmful to dispose of.  

 

Bioplastics

Bioplastics are plastic-like materials made from biobased sources such as corn, potatoes, or vegetables.  They may also be biodegradable and break down naturally into soil.  Although there is no strict definition, we define bioplastics solely as biobased and biodegradable materials.  


Our bioplastics would come from corn, a major crop in the area, and local plant oils.  Although corn is grown extensively, it is mainly not for consumption but for sale to a company selling the corn as chicken feed in other countries.  Replacing the end use of the corn currently grown would benefit the local community and local farmers instead of a monopoloid international corporation.


The bioplastics would have been tested to be easily produced in the local area from exclusively local materials, and to biodegrade within a relatively short time (3-12 months) into soil.

 

Manufacturing

Our manufacturing plant would produce bioplastic bags to be sold affordably in the town and to other regions.  


Employing local workers, the company's aim is to replace plastic with a sustainable material for the cases in which plastic would be single-use or disposable.


This replaces extensively-used and imported plastic shopping bags and trash bags, as well as a big production line of soft plastics manufacturing in general.


The profits from any bioplastics sales go back into the community to pay for other sustainability services offered by our foundation and keep them affordable to the public.

 

Partnership with Businesses

We would partner with businesses and corporations to replace and reduce the use of soft plastics through incentivized partnerships.

-Bioplastics Alternative
Bioplastic bags would be offered at low rates or free of charge to businesses and corporations which agree to spread information on the issues and initiatives of sustainability at their locations or to their customers.  They may for instance provide pamphlets or show their support with a window sticker.

-Reusable Bags
Our partners could also choose to provide discounts for customers with reusable bags, sell reusable bags instead of providing free bags, or set up a reusable bag return system among themselves, in exchange for free or discounted reusable bags with their logos.  They may also be required to offer a small discount for customers with reusable bags if they receive discounted bioplastic bags from our foundation.

-Bioplastics Manufacturing
We would provide affordable bioplastics manufacturing possibilities for manufacturing companies to replace soft plastic packaging for items they sell.