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Fight against plastic boosted with food that acts as tableware


Indonesian company hopes to increase business for local seaweed farmers, while also reducing the amount of plastic that is being dumped in the ocean.

With awareness of the negative impact plastic has on the environment on the rise, the public are becoming increasingly more interested in other offerings. Indonesia-based socially responsible enterprise Evoware has just the answer, with its range of edible and biodegradable products. Its mission is to create innovative solutions from seaweed to solve plastic waste issues in the region, while increasing the livelihood of Indonesia’s seaweed farmers. Indonesia is the world’s second biggest plastic waste contributor to the ocean, with 90 percent of waste ending up there. By 2050, it is predicted that there will be more plastic than fish in the sea.

The company’s range called Ello Jello is actually food that works as tableware. Coming in flavours orange, lychee, peppermint and green tea, the cups operate in the same way as a usual glass, it is safe to consume and biodegrades in 30 days. The cup is nutritious, gluten free, gelatine free and does not use preservatives. Evoware’s other product line, Bioplastic, is an edible and biodegradable food wrap. Created with local seaweed farmers, it has a two-year shelf life without the use of preservative, contains high fibre, vitamins and minerals, can be customised to give specific tastes, colours and brand logo, and is printable and heat sealable. The Indonesian startup is one of the winners of the Circular Design Challenge, which run in collaboration with OpenIDEO as part one of the New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize.

Awareness surrounding the environmental impact of our actions is higher than ever, with the technology industry catering to the demand for more sustainable offerings and ways to do day-to-day tasks. In Switzerland, engineers have created an ultra-thin biodegradable temperature sensor to check the freshness of food, and a grocery store that recently opened its doors sells goods without the packaging. What changes could you make to your company’s operations to make it greener?




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