A group of young Peruvians have created biodegradable plates from banana leaves under a project known as Bio Plant.
The banana leaf plates are also made with paper and cardboard cellulose, and can decompose by itself within 60 days. The disposable plates, which are designed to be an alternative to single-use plastics, are also resistant to various temperatures, liquids and any type of food.
According to Bio Plant project leader Josué Soto, it is not necessary to cut down banana trees or remove the leaves as they automatically break off when clusters are removed from the tree.
The Bio Plant group work directly with small producers in the Peruvian Amazon, who are provided with a fair price and technical training to take advantage of the losses of banana cultivation .
The Bio Plant project has the co-financing of the Innóvate Peru Programme, which supports the development of innovative creations and solutions that are focused on the use of biodiverse resources.
Bio Plant managed to design and manufacture specialised machines for the production of these biodegradable plates, including a presser, a shipper and a die cutter. With this new equipment, they can manufacture around 50,000 eco-friendly dishes every month.
Bio Plant’s product is already used in various regions in Peru. The group wants to enter the natural restaurants and wineries so they can market their products. Eventually, the group wants to distribute its eco-friendly plates to other countries.
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