Mexican startup Biofase has created a bioplastic from avocado pits, which breaks down fast and requires less fossil fuels to produce.
Last year, Americans consumed over 6 billion avocados – leaving behind mounds of inedible pits.
Avocado pits or seeds are a large source agroindustrial waste in Mexico, with most end up being burned at landfill sites. In 2012, Biofase discovered that avocado seeds can be converted into a biodegradable plastic polymer, which decompose naturally in a few years.
Biofase has created a line of disposable products such as cutlery and straws, and use resins that can be mixed with petroleum-based plastics to make those products more biodegradable. Biofase is working on partnerships with fertilizer companies to provide biodegradable packaging and with supermarkets to offer biodegradable bags.
Biofase’s manufacturing process enables the production of bioplastic products with minimal carbon footprint impact on the environment.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living.