Plastic has been created in the beginning of the last century and at the time being it was the biggest invention, but nowadays this material has been seriously polluting our whole planet. The pollution has become so alarming that our oceans are packed with plastic.
The single-use plastic has vastly contributed to the massive pollution, namely in 2016, in the world were produced over 35 million metric tons of plastic, and half of that was for single-use plastic. Items like single-use straws, bottles and others stay in our ecosystem for up to 1,000 years.
According to experts by 2050, in the oceans there will be more pieces of plastics than marine life. Many organizations and companies have become aware of the great alertness regarding this issue and they are trying their best to stop the use of single-use plastic.
Tenith Innovations is one of them struggling to find others ways that will substitute these everyday plastic items. This organization has come up with an idea to use banana leaves in everyday life.
According to Tenith Innovations:
“Over half of the world’s plastics and paper are used one time and then thrown away. This accounts for an annual cut down of 7 billion trees.
Mother Nature offers us everything we need and it’s up to humankind to make the right choice.”
The Banana Leaf Technology
This company has created the Banana Leaf Technology, which is based on a “cellular eco-friendly technology” preserving leaves and organic biomaterials for up to a year without using any harmful chemicals.
Tenith Adithyaa, an Indian innovation scholar, currently CEO of the social network Altruu, developed this new technology making leaves and biomaterials more durable. Thanks to this technology these organic materials do not degrade within a few days, but can last up to three years. Natural preservative has been added to enhance the physical properties of the leaves and although they lose their color after one year, they can still be a great substitute for paper and plastic.
These preserved leaves are durable, resistant to extreme temperatures, stretchable, crushable, and holding more weight than in their original nature.
Regarding the technology Adithyaa said:
“Implementing this tech does not increase the need for banana plantations; thus, the current reforestation cycle will remain the same. The materials will be harvested from the existing banana trees since most of the leaves from the banana trees are not utilized.
Our tech does not come into banana cultivation, as it is a cellular tech. Hence, it can be used on any materials made of plant cells. The tech can be applied on any leaves — not only the banana.
The banana leaves are mostly utilized because of their widespread cultivation around the world. (Our tech) will not alter the cultivation demand or decrease it, but there is an average water footprint of 790 m3/ton for bananas.”
The website of this company states the following:
“The technology enhances cells, strengthens cell walls of leaves and prevents pathogenic agents from destroying the cells.
These processed biomaterials are biodegradable, healthy, pathogenic resistant, human-friendly and completely eco-friendly. A viable replacement for disposables, it prevents the destruction of around 7 billion trees annually.”
The Banana Leaf Preservation Technology up to now has provided 30 products like boxes, cups, plates, cones, writing paper and envelopes. Other products will appear soon because the patented Banana Leaf Technology is customizable.
This technology has been highly awarded; in fact it has received more than 7 international awards and 2 national awards, including the prestigious International Environmental Award, Technology for the Future, and Award International Green Technology Award.