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Zero-Waste Packaging Comes From Old Produce And Is Fully Compostable
By Mikelle Leow, 12 Jun 2019
Image via MakeGrowLab
Businesses are becoming more eco-conscious, which, from a creative’s point of view, can be quite a treat to witness.
As you might have heard by now, one of the main culprits of Earth’s appallingly shifting climate are single-use plastics, but it’s difficult to part with the convenience they offer.
That’s fortunately not an issue with Poland-based MakeGrowLab’s waste-free packaging, ‘SCOBY’, which retains the simplicity and portability of plastic wrappers without the damage. The sustainable packaging is made using agricultural waste, which is then weaved to create a more durable material.
It’s multipurpose and insoluble, blocking out oxygen, microbes and water from penetrating its layer. This means it doubles as ideal carriers for rice and cereal, sandwich bags, sachets for spices and soap wrappers. It even works as a clingfilm.
‘SCOBY’ doesn’t require any manufacturing of plastic or substances that are harmful to the environment, since it’s created from agricultural waste. Just like plants, it breaks down completely, although it boasts an extensive shelf life of two years.
The packaging’s makeup means you can also consume it, if that’s what you want. Otherwise, it composts entirely.
You can purchase these eco-friendly wrappers here. Most of them are sold out, however, but MakeGrowLab intends to produce “more than one tone of ‘SCOBY’ per one square meter (11 square feet)” every 11 to 15 days. The material is also easy to produce anywhere and with minimal space and sources, so hopefully it will be more accessible to the masses in time.
[via Metro.co.uk, images via MakeGrowLab]
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