Cutlery Made Of Avocado Seeds Is Here To Save The Earth One Bite At A Time
A company in Mexico is turning avocado seeds into biodegradable single-use cutlery and straws.
Did you know that Mexico -- not Australia -- is by far the world's largest producer of avocados? That means there's a lot of hard, inedible seeds sitting around with nothing to do ...
Biofase isn't about to let them go to waste. Instead, the company collects seeds from guacamole or oil producers and turns them into something useful and environmentally friendly -- cutlery and straws.
Like their plastic counterparts, Biofase's cutlery and straws are strong, suitable for both hot and cold food and are approved by the FDA -- that's the US Food and Drug Administration.
Plus, according to their website, their straws don't "bend or lose properties compared to traditional straws." 'Cause no one likes a soggy straw.
Unlike plastic, however, they don't sit in landfill for years -- or end up in oceans endangering wildlife.
Yes, the knives, forks, spoons and straws are intended to be used once then thrown away but you can chuck them straight in the bin -- not the recycling or even a compost heap -- with a clear conscience.
Why? The products are able to fully biodegrade -- that is, decay naturally and without causing harm -- in less than a year. Easy.
Avocado seeds are technically classed as 'agro-industrial waste' -- using this as their main raw material sets Biofase apart from other companies who instead use food sources like corn, potato, tapioca, sugar cane which have to be grown specifically for that purpose.
Biofase's products aren't just good for the environment. Before Biofase was established all biodegradable plastic products had to be imported from other countries into Mexico.
Along with the large carbon footprint attached to shipping goods into the country, those imported products also cost at least twice as much as Biofase's -- making their home-grown range much more affordable.
So far Biofase is not only the sole biopolymer production company in Mexico but is leading the charge in Latin America. They're currently exporting their products to more than 11 countries -- here's hoping they make it to Australian shores as well.
They're not the only ones doing their bit. A supermarket in Thailand has been spotted bundling up veggies such as lettuce, spring onions, chillis and broccoli in bright green banana leaves.
Banana plants are plentiful in the Southeast Asian country and grow all year round thanks to its tropical climes. They're also waterproof, humidity-proof, and free of toxins or dyes.
Most importantly, they're biodegradable, making them an ideal substitute for the plastic packaging typically used in supermarkets.
Why we should pass on plastic
In 2018, major Aussie supermarket chains including Coles and Woolworths banned single-use plastic shopping bags in favour of reusable alternatives, however, plastic packaging for goods is currently still widespread.
Single-use plastic straws are also going the way of bags -- and for good reason, too.
According to Greenpeace, straws are one of the top ten items found littered along earth's coastlines and, if ingested, can cause marine animals and birds to die.
Both McDonalds and Starbucks have since vowed to ditch plastic straws nationwide by 2020.
Feature image: Getty, Instagram/@biofase.