Why Eat out of Toxic Plastic Containers When Tableware Made of Sugarcane Fibre Is Available?
The Economic Times 05/11/2016.
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“Manufacturers of such novel alternatives, who had few takers before, have suddenly acquired importance and what they earlier pushed as alternatives have become the mainstream option for users."We've been around for a long time and then suddenly the demand has doubled," says Samanvi Bhograj, founder of Earthware, Bengaluru-based manufacturer of eco-friendly packaging material and containers.”
“The few established manufacturers, however, are not fully prepared to meet the incremental demand for alternatives."No company can handle it immediately .We are trying to service what we can and are expanding in the next few months," Bhograj, who runs a facility in Jalahalli.”
“If you really care, there are many alternatives to plastic, say experts.”
BENGALURU: "When I was a child, my
mother would send me to a grocery shop with two things, money and a
cloth bag. I think we are finally going down the same road," said
85-year-old Joseph Matthew who is hoping the heap of plastic waste in
front of his house in Austin Town will disappear some day. Ten days
after Bengaluru banned plastic, much hasn't changed on the ground but,
thankfully, mindsets are gradually changing. Though most of the malls
have succeeded in switching to paper and cloth bags, restaurants,
supermarkets and small vendors are still struggling to ditch the age old
"Plastic is easily available and a matter of convenience, something we are so used to. It's true that alternatives are available but not everybody knows about these natural products," said Samanvi Bhograj, a social entrepreneur who deals with biodegradable and compostable products.
"Plastic plates, cups and spoons can be replaced by areca products. However, areca cannot hold liquid for too long and becomes soggy. One cannot make big bowls out of them because of their limited moulding capacity. Another option is bagasse which can retain liquid items for a longer period."
For poultry items, it's best to revert to good-old methods of wrapping fish and meat in banana leaves and then in paper.
"I don't see why it's a problem, because we are not storing the meat. We are just taking it from the shop to our house. There's no way it could get spoilt," said Samanvi, adding that prices of earthenware products have come down in the last two years.
HSR Layout, Sanjaynagar, Yelahanka and Vidyaranyapuram, areas which saw residents vociferously pushing for a plastic ban, have shopkeepers already selling meat in leaves. In fact, the shops are advising regular customers to carry their own containers.
Prajavani News Paper: 08-11-2016
For trekking groups in India, limited use of water and the disposal of human waste have always been problems. You dig a hole and squat. But when the ground is hard, deep holes are hard to dig. The army’s `thunderbox’ solution was also tried but who was to empty the box? So, individual bags that would be dumped into a compost pit were the next option.
Samanvi recalls the start point for Earthware, saying, “We weren’t looking at it as a business: it was more of social responsibility thing for us. The business has emerged now.” First time users are amazed that this is plastic-looking product is not only non-plastic but actually composts!
The big challenge for all such eco-friendly goods is the same: cost. Manufacture of plastic, with its huge capacities and volumes, is a cheaper alternative, thus hard to displace. Anyway, no one’s looking to do away with its use altogether. For now, cornstarch-based products do not command the volumes, hence cost of production is high, Samanvi pointed out.
Earthware expects to overcome the challenge of depending solely on bulk orders (for cost viability) by opening a retail store in Bangalore, where you walk in to buy the material you need in the quantity you need.
The other way they will meet this challenge is by widening their product range. So, they plan to launch biodegradable toys in the near future. Catch ‘em young, indeed! This will help them achieve their aim of increasing awareness on the need to use things which are environmentally friendly by biodegrading.
Indiahikes note: Samanvi’s Earthware supplies biodegradable bags for all Indiahikes treks. Indiahikes is honoured to partner with Earthware.
“How a woman entrepreneur is changing the environment.”
Women entrepreneurs are a rare lot. But those that exist make a great deal of a difference. In this post, Gouri Athale writes about Samanvi Bhograj, a co-founder of Earthware. It’s a company that manufactures bio-degradable bags, which Indiahikes swears by.
“That was one use we had never imagined for our product!” Samanvi Bhograj exclaims with a laugh. She is referring to bio-degradable bags developed as bin liners for urban homes being used by trekkers for their early morning dump. Earthware, a Bangalore-based company set up by Samanvi and friend, makes these bio-degradable bags.
In the past, the Army is believed to have used helicopters to airlift soldiers’ waste from the heights of Siachen. That was one way to handle the issue but doesn’t Samanvi’s bio-degradable bags sound a better, more cost effective way to do the same? Do it in the bag and compost it there! Bloggers and green trekkers have been writing about human excreta management in the more inaccessible reaches of our country, a logistics ordeal in its own right specially when the ground is hard with snow and rock, so deep holes are hard to dig.
Samanvi spoke about how the venture began, saying, “Our idea was to encourage people living in urban areas to switch over from plastic for household garbage.” The bio-degradable bags were developed for an urban setting where it is mandatory to separate garbage in the home and not use plastic bags for its disposal. Earthware makes its bags out of imported cornstarch so that the bag composts as it degrades with its household waste.
International norms for bags made from polylactic acid (PLA) from cornstarch are expected to compost within 12 weeks and fully bio-degrade in six months.
Earthware is a brand solely owned by Visfortec Pvt ltd and promoted by Samanvi Bhograj, a social entrepreneur with keen interest in the environment and sustainable energies.
With the rise in plastic pollution along side the drastic effects they leave on the earth,plant based products are a perfect replacement to these deadly plastics.These products can be used as biodegradable food packaging as they are environment friendly. These eco friendly food containers, plates, bowls etc are user friendly and provide a solution specially for companies that are look for food take away containers that are green, or biodegradable.
Visfortec Pvt ltd, conceptalized in 2011 from the founder of Vishnu Forge (estd 1963). Our motto is to provide one stop solution for Ecofriendly/Biodegradable products. Earthware Products, a brand catering to the food industry is widely recognised and awarded for its innovative products. Look into the media and news section for our coverage in various articles.
Visfortec Pvt Ltd mainly employs women from rural areas to contribute and support the concept of Make in India and also women empowerement. We strongly believe in creating a bond of business with societal values.