Plastics have largely contribute to environmental damage. But it’s not new news.
We need to shift our daily habits to involve less plastic. Also not a new solution.
Perhaps the hardest part of creating an eco-friendly lifestyle is the shift from single-use plastics to none. It just takes so much effort to bring our own container for everything we need throughout the day, right? The lunch box, the canvas shopping bag, the water bottle.
You don’t have to completely ditch single-use habit, though. There are many single-use alternatives, as you can read here, and there is one innovative brand in Indonesia who have produced such alternatives.
The People of Asia partners with communities and organisations who supports environmental health. A part of our community is an Indonesian biodegradable ‘plastic’ provider called Evoware.
This socially responsible enterprise began from the growing plastic waste issue. Ninety percent of plastic waste will go to the ocean and Indonesia is the world’s second largest plastic waste contributor to the ocean after China. The waste will turn into nano and micro plastics and sea creatures often mistaken it as food. This causes 25% of Indonesian fish contaminated by plastic. In other words, we are consuming our plastic waste back.
Growing from environmental and economic welfare issues, Evoware tries to incorporate eco-friendly products into the urban society lifestyle, that is the dependency on single-use plastics. With 70% of the plastic waste comes from food and beverage packaging, they innovated a variety of biodegradable packaging. In fact, their products are edible!
Besides growing to become an eco-solution to plastic waste, Evoware’s mission is also to increase the welfare of seaweed farmers. The problem they brought up is how the oversupply of seaweed causes the farmers to live in poverty and get caught up with loan sharks. Five to six of the poorest provinces in Indonesia are producing seaweed. So, Evoware collaborated with the farmers and uses seaweed as the main material.
As an urban society with a high consumption rate, we are bound to take responsibility for the environmental damages we’ve caused and return the favor to agricultural regions which have provided for us.
Through Evoware, we can be more conscious about our daily waste and its impact towards the environment, without being bothered by the impracticality of carrying our own containers all the time throughout our dynamic and unpredictable activities.
Moreover, we will pay our responsibility for the welfare of lower-income farmers who have provided for us and played a significant role in supplying our daily needs, even without us realising.
Find out more and purchase Evoware products here.