The material is made of sugar cane, and in appearance and texture does not differ from the usual packaging bag made of polyethylene.
Since in recent decades, the detrimental impact of human activity on the environment can no longer be ignored, and the trend towards responsible consumption is gaining momentum, experts from all countries are looking for ways to reduce the volume of our waste – in particular, in the World Ocean, which annually receives about eight million tons of plastic. garbage.
Mitsubishi Chemical has partnered with a packaging material manufacturer to create a special material that is biodegradable, Japan’s national public broadcaster NHK reported. They plan to make packages from it.
Mitsubishi Chemical said the material was made from plant-based ingredients, including sugarcane, a perennial herb that grows in the tropics. At the same time, such a packing bag will not differ from the usual one made of polyethylene to the touch. The bag can easily dissolve in seawater, which usually contains fewer microorganisms than soil. It will take only about a year to completely decompose, which is hundreds of times faster.
However, the production of a bag from such a material will require advanced technologies, so it will cost at least six times more than a plastic one. Nevertheless, negotiations on the start of the issue are already underway.
Earlier, the Japanese government imposed a requirement for all retailers to charge buyers for plastic bags (at least two yen) as part of efforts to prevent their use. By 2050, the country wants to completely eliminate plastic debris from entering the ocean from its territory.