How This Startup Is The ‘End Of The (Plastic Bag) World!’

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2018 is just around the corner and it’s that time of the year to make resolutions. But what’s the point of dreaming big and earning profits unless we’re alive to relish it? No, we aren’t gibbering about another ‘Go Green’ campaign, but we’re starting the conversation about BioGreen– A start-up that makes bags which looks, feels and works like plastic, but is made of natural starch & vegetable waste. So, it’s Plastic Minus the Toxic!

What is BioGreen?

Biogreen bags are India’s first 100% biodegradable substitute to the immortally toxic reign of plastic bags; made from natural starch, vegetable oil derivatives and vegetable waste. Completely harmless to the environment, plants and even animals, which if consume these bags would be safe since it is edible and completely biodegradable. According to a report by the Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, more than 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste was generated in India every day in 2015, of which 6,000 tonnes remain uncollected and littered; resulting into death of one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals annually from plastic in our oceans. Having a plastic bag that’s 100% biodegradable, recyclable, waterproof, made from organic wastes and most importantly produces 90% less greenhouse gases is perhaps exactly the cure that the world was waiting for!

How does BioGreen Work?

Apart from being non-toxic to the environment and biodegradable, BioGreen plastic bags decomposes itself in less than 160 days and provide excellent manure for improving the quality of our agricultural lands and therefore reducing the usage of heavyweight chemical fertilizers ending its own plethora of dangers. And that’s not all. Each BioGreen plastic bag is made from the vegetable wastes; eventually getting rid of tonnes of municipal waste that ends up in a landfill otherwise. Think of personalised packaging materials, spoons, plates (with customizable colours, prints, and sizes) for Retail Stores, Mall, Catering Industries, etc – All of it in an affordable price!

How Exactly Did BioGreen Originate?

The Karnataka Government imposed a complete ban on all plastic and plastic products in the state on March 11, 2016, without actually having any alternative to provide the people of the state to carry various essentials hassle-free. When I went to purchase groceries for my home in paper bags including rice and dal, it started breaking as soon as it came in contact with the moisture from the milk packet. I looked for alternatives myself and unable to find any inexpensive one, BioGreen was born then!” says this 29 year old entrepreneur, Mohammed Sadiq.

The next step was gathering the raw materials for the production of such bags from around the world. According to Sadiq, the hardest part of it all was educating and explaining the people and the government officials of the state about the product and acquiring the required licenses for the same.

This Bootstrapped network has a Direct Sales Business Model, based upon Subscription and Pay-per-Use according to the demands of the customer.

What are the Current Status Report and Future Targets of BioGreen?

With three operational manufacturing units across India since July 2017 in Pune, Dharwad & Thiruchirapally, BioGreen exports more than 120 tonnes of products in USA, UK, Kenya and other parts of South Africa and is currently having its clientele extended with business pioneers e.g The Future Group, Myntra and DMart. Seems like this young man have had some major accomplishments!

We dream to achieve a 0% plastic usage in Karnataka and a straight cut-off of 50% of all plastic products in the Indian market by the end of 2020. Some people may believe it’s too much to ask for, but with a manufacturing capacity of 600 tonnes overall, things will seem brighter at the end,” says Sadiq again who’s launching BioGreen full-fledged on 30th January 2018.

For all the consumers and retailers who find it difficult to achieve that perfect balance in running the corporate and natural world together, BioGreen is an overwhelming alternative. Share your BioGreen experience below!

Sub-Editor & Content Head at The Startup Journal.