Al­ter­na­tive bags

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Ecowatch -

FIN­LAND is fight­ing plas­tic pol­lu­tion with “green bags”.

In a busi­ness-as-usual sce­nario, by 2050 oceans are ex­pected to con­tain more plas­tics than fish. The worst of­fend­ers are plas­tic bags – only 7% of those are re­cy­cled in Europe, ac­cord­ing to a Euronews re­port.

Helsinki-based SME Pap­tic has de­vel­oped a new ma­te­rial made of wood fi­bre and bits of bio­plas­tic that can be used to make sus­tain­able bags.

“It’s the next gen­er­a­tion of pa­per,” says CEO Tuo­mas Mu­s­to­nen. “It’s en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly, re­cy­clable, re­new­able, and it’s re­ally durable. That’s why we are re­plac­ing plas­tic with our ma­te­rial.”

To de­velop this, the com­pany has raised hun­dreds of thou­sands of eu­ros in ven­ture cap­i­tal.

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