Evoware Hopes To Reduce Plastic Waste With Edible Seaweed Wrappers And Ello Jello Cups

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Evoware wrappers used to wrap Bruxel Waffles (Photo Credit: Evoware)

While reducing plastic waste is something most consumers wish to do, it is not an easy goal to achieve. That’s because the cheap, versatile, and durable material is found in almost every household item – from dinnerware to drink bottles to even food wrappers. Now, an Indonesian-based startup has come up with a delicious and nutritious solution to help reduce our dependence on this environmental hazard.

David Christian, the co-founder of Evoware, says the idea of creating the edible and biodegradable products stemmed from concern at the country’s alarmingly high pollution rate. Indonesia is home to four of the world’s worst polluted rivers and is second only to China when it comes to plastic waste. Since single-use packaging is a large contributor to the problem, the innovators decided to tackle that issue first.

Edible wrapping and pouches (Photo Credit: Evoware)

After investigating various material options, the company settled on seaweed. In addition to being completely compostable, it is also very sustainable. Unlike corn, commonly used for biodegradable containers, seaweed does not require resources like water, fertilizers, or large amounts of space. According to Evoware, as much as 40 tons of seaweed can be grown in an area the size of a baseball field. The marine algae also helps reduce ocean acidity by absorbing harmful greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. Since Indonesian farmers already harvest more seaweed than they can sell, it was easy for the company to find the material.

Though they will not reveal their production process, Evoware asserts the seaweed packaging contains no chemicals and is safe to consume. In addition to wrapping fast food items like burgers and waffles, it can also be used to house things like instant noodle seasoning and single-serve sachets of instant coffee. Consumers simply drop the entire packaging into the hot water and watch the odorless, tasteless, packet melt away, leaving behind no trace of its existence.

Ello Jello (Photo Credit: Evoware)

While the edible wrappers may not have any taste, the same cannot be said about the single-use cups that the company has also invented. Dubbed Ello Jello, the single-use cups that can be used to serve cold drinks are available in four flavors — orange, lychee, peppermint, and green tea. Similar to the wrappers they are edible and, according to the company, have a texture that is similar to jelly. The best part? You can order the powder and cup moldings and make them at home yourself! Though the current cups cannot withstand hot liquids, Evoware is working on making those as well. If consuming wrappers or munching down used soda cups, no matter how delicious, does not sound appealing, tossing them is perfectly okay given that they will disintegrate within 30 days!

While replacing plastic with the seaweed products may seem like a no-brainer to most of us, it is a hard-sell in Indonesia. According to Christian, “The awareness, understanding, and sense of urgency to minimize the use of single-use plastic is still very low. This makes our bioplastic seem irrelevant and unnecessary.” Also a factor is the cost, which is higher than using plastic. However, Evoware believes they can reduce the price substantially once the company moves to full-scale manufacturing. Hopefully, Evoware will succeed in convincing Indonesians, and people worldwide, that switching to their products will go a long way in protecting our beautiful planet.

Resources: Fastcompany.com,evoware.id

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  • fluffycupcake10
    fluffycupcake10Monday, October 9, 2017 at 3:00 am
    ---------------------------------------- Let's save the environment! ---------------------------------------- We can help the Earth, too. Try coming up up with creative ways to improve sustainability and improve the environment! It can be as simple as composting or even recycling. 😄
    • fluffycupcake10
      fluffycupcake10Monday, October 9, 2017 at 1:39 am
      This is amazing! I find it cool how they created a way to keep up the Earth's sustainability and even help some of those poor farmers and their families.
      • pallywally23
        Pal PrajapatiSunday, October 8, 2017 at 8:11 pm
        but i hate seaweed
        • pallywally23
          Pal PrajapatiSunday, October 8, 2017 at 8:11 pm
          Interesting stuff
          • coolSunday, October 8, 2017 at 7:59 pm
            this is honestly pretty cool to do these stuff
            • alpheriale
              alpherialeSunday, October 8, 2017 at 6:43 pm
              This is a joke: Hey, How was the meal? Other Guy: Haven't eaten it yet! Other Guy: Why is the just wrapper there? Guy with meal: Thats my food! Other Guy: What? How?
              • mcpeisthebest
                mcpeisthebestSunday, October 29, 2017 at 6:24 pm
                Nice Job Seb XD
              • astrogirl5
                astrogirl5Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 6:09 pm
                Wow cool
                • ajg15
                  ajg15Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 5:08 pm
                  It seems like a win for the earth, ocean life and the seaweed farmers in Indonesia (did I spell that right?)
                  • kittylover8786
                    kittylover8786Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 4:48 pm
                    Wow!!! That is a great that they have found a way to reduce plastic!!! Hopefully lots of people decide to use this to help stop the pollution and to reduce waste!!!
                    • jeffSunday, October 8, 2017 at 4:33 pm
                      sick

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