Indonesian Biodegradable Bag in Turkey. Plastic waste continues to be the main cause of environmental pollution, both land and sea pollution. In 2020, it was recorded that there were around 34 million tons of waste generated throughout Indonesia and 17% of it was plastic waste. This plastic waste has properties that are not easily biodegradable, the processing process is toxic and carcinogenic, and also takes hundreds of years to decompose naturally. Just imagine our children and grandchildren, even the grandchildren of our grandchildren can still play using the plastic we use today. In this instant era, food delivery services and online shopping are increasingly in demand by the public.
In addition, the current pandemic conditions are increasingly encouraging the use of these services. Several entrepreneurs in Indonesia have succeeded in producing an environmentally friendly plastic or Indonesian Biodegradable Bag in Turkey made from cassava. These plastics are better known as cassava bags. This discovery can be a powerful solution to the problem of plastic waste in the world. However, this can only happen if the use of cassava bags is successfully normalized as a substitute for the plastic bags used today.
Why does the use of cassava bags need to be normalized?
- Can be decomposed easily
This unmanaged plastic waste usually ends up on the ground or flows into the ocean. With its nature that is difficult to decompose, this plastic waste will certainly damage land and ocean ecosystems. Unlike plastic bags, cassava bags can decompose easily when stored in the ground. Cassava bags only take about 180 days to completely decompose and blend into the soil. In addition, cassava bags can also be dissolved in water at temperatures above 80 degrees Celsius in just a few minutes.
- Does not contain harmful substances
Plastics circulating in the community are generally made from fossil fuels which contain harmful substances and can pollute the environment. This can cause greenhouse gas effects, cause cancer, nervous system disorders, pneumonia, and much more. In contrast, cassava bags are made from organic materials such as cassava starch, vegetable oil derivatives, and biodegradable polymers. These materials are environmentally friendly and do not cause environmental pollution.
- Made from renewable materials
As we know, the main ingredient of cassava bags is cassava starch. In tropical countries like Indonesia, cassava is very easy to find and cultivate. Simply cut the cassava stem and stick it into the ground, then new cassava will grow again. In addition, cassava also has a stronger resistance to disease than other agricultural crops. Of course, this is an added value for cassava bags compared to plastic bags made from non-renewable fossil fuels. The use of cassava as the basic material for cassava bags will also help the existing cassava farmers’ economy and at the same time increase the enthusiasm for cultivating cassava which had declined. With the normalization of the use of cassava bags, demand for cassava will increase and its selling value will be higher.
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