Avocados are a staple in most kitchens around the globe! They are delicious, nutritious and most importantly: GREEN! When I say green, I don’t mean their color. I mean their potential to have a positive impact on the environment.
A Mexican biochemical engineer named Scott Munguia has figured out a way to transform avocado pits. He turns them into something that makes our lives a little easier – straws and single-use utensils.
The demand for alternative utensils has been on the rise. However, many companies can’t afford to switch from cheap yet Earth-destroying plastic. That’s where Mr. Scott has revolutionized the industry.
In Mexico, the home of the avocado, businesses are throwing away thousands of avocado pits daily. So Biofase, Scott Munguia’s company, buys these pits that would otherwise end up in the landfill. The companies charge little to nothing for them. Therefore, Biofase is able to turn 15 tons of avocado pits per day into biodegradable straws and cutlery.
“Avocado seed bioplastic doesn’t cut into our food supply or require any additional land to be dedicated to its production. And best of all, it’s truly biodegradable unlike many “biodegradable” plastics. fully decomposing in just 240 days, compared to conventional plastic which is estimated to take 500 years to break down and never fully biodegrades.”Return to Now
Could it get any better? Actually yes…
There is a less green side to avocados. I’m not referring to the brown rot that appears seconds after the avocado is finally perfectly ripe. I’m talking about the cost of exporting avocados from Mexico all over the world. Even places that grow their own avocados, like Vietnam, like to offer imported avocados. Somehow, there is still a demand for something them.
Unfortunately, if you don’t live in Mexico, buying avocados hurts the environment. The same can be said for other exotic fruit, including bananas that are only grown in tropical places. Reducing the demand for these by buying them less is a step in the right direction. There is also one other issue with the avocado pit cutlery.
Biodegradable things should not end up in the landfill. Because there, trash is compressed and ends up packed really tightly. This prevents food waste from decomposing. Since discarded avocado pits would end up here anyway, turning them into cutlery is still 100% better than not. However, it would be even better if the businesses who used them had a separate bin for them. Therefore, this would ensure that they could be disposed of correctly.
To conclude this, kudos to Scott Munguia and his company Biofase. If we want to stay on this Earth, more companies need to take this initiative. I hope that Scott manages to expand his business and offer these affordable single-use straws and cutlery to the bigger companies. These giants are the ones who need to take responsibility and ditch that plastic.