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Fully biodegradable take-away food containers: how to get your local restaurants to abandon plastic?

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 27, 2020
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Biodegradable plates made from Palash tree leaves

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Nov 05, 2020

[1]Kora, A.J. Leaves as dining plates, food wraps and food packing material: Importance of renewable resources in Indian culture. Bull Natl Res Cent 43, 205 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s42269-019-0231-6

Manufacturing process of Areca leaf packaging

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 27, 2020

[1]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Areca

Areca alternatives that grow in Europe / America?

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 27, 2020

Manufacturing process of wheat straw fiber packaging

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 27, 2020
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic4 months ago
Another walkthrough of the manufacturing process https://youtu.be/vKBwz2KFZlk
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic4 months ago
Here is an Indian Startup working on solving the same problem https://youtu.be/B3aq2KMH2z8

Reusable food boxes

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Martina Pesce
Martina Pesce Oct 27, 2020
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Martina Pesce
Martina Pesce4 months ago
I'm so much into corona world that I forgot people may want to eat again out of theirs home in the future.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic4 months ago
That would certainly be the most efficient. It would work in some cases, but often people order takeaway in situations where they need food on the go. They need the container too, to eat out of. They might not be ready to eat at the time of delivery so can't empty the container then and there.

Ecoware - a company that makes degradable food packaging products

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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni Oct 28, 2020
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic4 months ago
That's a surprisingly high price. In my area, restaurants are paying roughly 0.20 EUR (0.24 USD) per clamshell styrofoam container that has 2 compartments. I've found Chinese suppliers that offer biodegradable (wheat straw) substitutes at around 0.055 USD per container. Will order a sample before I post it here

Compostable, biodegradable clamshell takeaway boxes from China

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 29, 2020
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JA
John Alexander4 months ago
One thought for this (in progress) list, would be to also list the fasted time the product would biodegrade, and under which conditions. To my knowledge there are "biodegradable" product that actually require either very specific conditions, or very long timescales before they biodegrade.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic4 months ago
John AlexanderThe ones that are troublesome are made of PLA (Polylactic acid) and possibly other attempts at making biodegradable plastic.

These clamshell options listed above are made from either sugar cane bagasse, wheat straw, or rice straw. They are said to degrade within weeks when composted.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni4 months ago
John AlexanderI like the idea; wherever available, mention the conditions and the time taken for the product to degrade. That way, we educate at least a part of the crowd who is enthusiastic and aware. People can then compare and buy the stuff that takes minimal time and has minimal requirements.

SaveGlobe - company that makes biodegradable food boxes

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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni Oct 28, 2020
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic4 months ago
I will send them an email.

After a while we should tidy this page up and remove all the sub-optimal options that we listed during the research stage. I have hopes for this brainstorming session page to become a good resource for someone who wants to make a difference by switching to eco-friendly packaging or even going into distribution business

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