Plastic bags are one of the biggest threats to the environment. Thin and light, they fly off or break easily, so much so that they are often used only once. Of the 500 billion bags distributed annually worldwide, 80% end up in the environment. The story of a plastic bag can be told in three numbers: 1 second to be produced, 30 seconds of use, 400 years to break down.
Two eco-oriented Czech students suggested - already two years ago - an alternative to plastic bags: Frusack – a bio-recyclable bag for fruits and vegetables made of corn cellulose.
It is a product that is unique in the world, and an ingenious alternative to plastic shopping bags for fruits and vegetables. Hana and Tereza, two Czech entrepreneurs have created bio-plastic bags from cornstarch. The bags are both reusable and compostable.
It is made from polylactic acid (PLA), a fully degradable substance created from the fermentation of starch - present in some plant material such as corn, rice and potatoes.
“Frusack is made in Europe, in the Czech Republic. So, we are happy that it also supports the local economy,“ says the co-founder of Frusack, Hana Fortova.
“We actually got the loan, and that helped us to significantly scale up the business, to scale up manufacture, and also to develop the new type of product, a new type of bag that is actually suitable for the supermarket use.”
It's a bright idea. Especially since the European Union has launched a "plastics strategy" which rules in particular that all plastic packaging must be recyclable by 2030.