From court to Municipal Corporation and several state governments ban the uses of polythene bags but it had no effect. Now it is the time, we have a carry a bag and that can be destroyed in an open area without any chemical process. one uses on the street for carrying vegetables, fruits and etc. without having to undergo the feeling of guilt. Thanks to Biogreen, a firm started by a young entrepreneur, Mohammed Sadiq.
What led Mr. Sadiq to achieve this feat?
On March 11, 2016, the Karnataka government imposed a complete ban on the use of plastics without providing an alternative that is strong, sturdy and as cheap as plastic. This led people to fend for themselves and it is under such circumstances Mr. Sadiq developed the idea of producing a carry bag that is strong, sturdy and cheap as plastic but not having a negative environmental impact as plastics. It led to the foundation of a venture that produces carry bags that looks like plastics, provides services in the same way as plastics, but still are not plastic.
This background narrative laid the foundation stone for Mr. Sadiq’s entrepreneurial venture “Biogreen”.
This venture is important to step keeping in mind India’s present speed at which waste is generated. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (2016 report), “India alone generates approximately 15,342 tons of plastic waste every day. Out of these 9,205 tonnes is reported to be recycled whereas 6,137 tonnes remains uncollected and littered.
This leftover waste than gets washed away in seas, oceans and nearby water reservoirs, thus killing the marine flora and fauna or remains in the landfills and thus polluting the overall environment. According to a WEF Report in 2014, there was 1kg plastic in the ocean for every 5kg of fish; by 2025 this will worsen to 1 to 3 and by 2050 plastic will exceed fish by weight.
The economic cost of greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the production of plastic packaging and the pollution caused by plastic waste is pegged at around $40 billion (Economic Times Report).
So, keeping this scenario in mind and the harmful effects of this on environment and health what Mr. Sadiq has done can be considered a “Panacea for all Ills”.
About the Bags
These bags are made up of natural starch, vegetable oil derivatives, and vegetable waste. Completely harmless to the environment, plants and even animal, which if consume these bags would be safe as they are edible and completely biodegradable. Thus, ending the reign of plastics. The benefits do not stop here, these bags decompose in less than 160 days and provide excellent manure for improving the quality of agricultural land and thereby reduces the use of chemical fertilizers, which in itself is a pollutant as well as toxic. Their use as manure also reduces the need for landfill sites. Thus, saving the precious land which is already a scarce resource in India.
Though these are little expensive than the plastics which we use today, however, the overall benefits associated with these overshadows the price associated with them.
Effects for Indian Economy
If these can be adopted unanimously that it is going to prove great for the economy as it will reduce the negative environmental impact and thus a reduction in expenditure on health issues. Its utilization as manure will help farmers to reduce expenditure on chemical fertilizers, this will help farmers to earn more by investing less. This will solve India’s problem of disposing plastic waste, fewer landfills will be required, which will provide land that can be used for other purposes.
Thus, it can be “Panacea for the whole of India”.