• Divyesh Dadhaniya

Implementing the bioplastics in real life

We are witnessing the notable contrast between reality and our expression towards the environment. This gap needs to be overcome; but, how? Success is desired in life, but no one wants to follow the process of hard work to achieve. What one likes is the end product/result, not the perseverance to go through it.

People will come to save the tree if someone is cutting it. But, they don’t realise that the plastic waste we throw in the garbage bins ends up polluting not a single tree, but everything on the Earth,

like groundwater, river, ocean, land, air, living organisms, etc. Realization and implementation are the need of an hour to keep our planet safe!

Public awareness and government policy are the base pillars for the implementation.

With this, there is a potential to replace single-use plastics by bioplastics and half of the plastic related problems could be solved.

At starting, it should be implemented in airports, hotels, airlines, cafes, restaurants, etc. As they are having an adequate waste collection system. The bioplastic waste should be collected separately and can be sold back to the manufacturer to recycle or goes to composting facilities. This will showcase an example of implementing bioplastics in real life. Based on the feedback and reviews it can be improved further. In the same way, implementation of the composting facility for bioplastics and bio-waste would come in reality.

Composting facility can be run independently by selling valuable compost and/or biogas.

Once the bioplastic industry grows and the production of bioplastic material increases, the cost of the bioplastics would go down and have the potential to compete with existing petrochemical-based plastics.

On the other hand, the raw material can be sourced by contract farming on unused agricultural land, which will also give employment to many farmers and does not affect the food chain. Moreover, agricultural and food waste can also be used as raw materials to manufacture bioplastics. This will give one more option to earn money for farmers and food waste handlers. Municipalities can become better at collecting food waste by earning money from it.

The frequency of natural disasters is increasing rapidly and we are witnessing a loss of many lives and natural resources all over the world, which clearly indicates that we have ruined the natural cycle on the Earth for our luxury. It’s already too late to take serious action, the amount of greenhouse gas generation has increased significantly that nature could not withstand and reacting with it results in disasters.

This is not the time to see that the sustainable solutions are profitable/economical or not! It’s time to value livelihood and do the needful to save the human life. Earlier we used to say that we need to take care of the environment for our future generations, however the rapidity of climate change has swooped the situation in the current generation only.

There is a dire need to act now; if not there would be no future generations at all!

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