Bali, Indonesia is assumed by most as a tropical island paradise with pristine white sand beaches. Unfortunately, scrutinising the matters closer, the truth is quite different. Bali's beaches are now often saturated with garbage and debris with the majority of them being plastic.
As of 2015, it is known that Bali has produced around 1.000 cubic meters of plastic garbage every day and only 0,5% of this waste has been recycled. And this is where Avani, a sustainable packaging startup based in Bali that supplies eco-friendly products as a replacement to plastic, starts its project. The company aims to help rehabilitate the island by offering 100% sustainable disposable packaging solutions and compostable plastic alternatives. The company offers: biodegradable straws, cups, take-away boxes and bags, all exclusively eco-friendly.
“Our bags are so eco-friendly, you can also eat them - Kevin Kumala, creator of Avani, explains in this video - Here's a piece of a cassava bag, in which I'm tearing apart and putting this into a slightly lukewarm water. Our cassava bag has passed oral toxicity tests and causes zero harm to nature. It's diluting almost spontaneously and within just one minute, it becomes a green drink for a greener Indonesia”.
The Avani's bags are made from the cassava root, a succulent plant of Central America cultivated in most tropical and subtropical regions of the world. “We're hoping that one day biodegradable products would be the status quo, of course, for the use of plastic. These are 100% compostable and 100% biodegradable - Kumala adds - The traditional plastic bags, however, never biodegrade and can end up in the ocean where they kill more than 100.000 animals per year. Hopefully this new bag can become a sustainable alternative. Our mission is to create a greener world for both present and future generations through our products and services”.