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How An Avocado Pit Can Stand Up To Plastic

by Casha Doemland on 02/12/2019 | 2 Minute Read

Hosting get-togethers, whether it’s for a summer barbeque or a children’s birthday party, can be hard.

Not only do you have to clean the house, but you also have to buy everything too, like cutlery and paper plates. If you're on the eco-conscious side of things, you've probably battled between "do I just wash ALL of the dishes at the end of the night to prevent more waste from entering a landfill?" and "a fork with concrete cake frosting on it belongs in the trash, right?"

Can’t say we blame you. You deserve a trophy for hosting at all. But there might be a new way to avoid all of those plastic forks and spoons (and even sporks).

Mungía’s journey began in 2012 when he was a chemical engineering student with dreams of making a difference in the world by tackling the pollution issue. His solution was to create a biodegradable alternative to plastic.

After busts with mangos and mamey sapote (a soft, edible fruit native to Mexico) seeds, he discovered the magic of an avocado pit. As 50% of the world's supply of avocados are out of Mexico, this appeared to be the perfect solution because he had easy access to the raw material.

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A year and a half later, he discovered the chemical makeup and process to produce the biodegradable material from the pits and patented it.

In 2015, he opened his first plant to produce just the nurdles (tiny balls of plastic), and when that became a success, he decided to up the ante by opening up his second plant where he'd manufacture straws and cutlery made of his material.

The best part is Biofase only takes a mere 240 days to decompose when introduced to a compost bin or the elements of Mother Earth, which is nothing compared to the 100-500 years it could take a measly polypropylene (plastic) straw to decompose.

Currently, Mungía’s plants are responsible for producing 130 tonnes of biodegradable plastic products a month, the majority of which are exported to the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Colombia and Peru.

It's only a matter of time before the rest of the world catches on and realizes that there are sustainable, eco-friendly alternatives to the plastic conveniences we are so accustomed to. It’s a significant step in the right direction that could change the world of summer barbecues, children's birthday parties and even take-out.

via: Now Science