Sirmour News: Important step towards environmental protection by using compostable carry bags of Himalaya Greens

Sirmour News In Himachal Pradesh, Himalaya Greens, which has been producing compostable carry bags since 2018 instead of polythene, which is harming the environment, has made people aware by taking important steps towards making the state the first green state. Even after banning plastic polythene, it is still being used in many places, but the compostable carry bag of Himalaya Greens will not only prove to be an important step towards environmental protection and green revolution. Rather, it is also encouraging people to use compostable carry bags at less money.

Himalayan Greens was founded in Moginand village of Nahan, Sirmour district headquarters of Himachal Pradesh to reduce the increasing hazardous use of carbon as the main production of Himalaya Greens is currently producing compostable and biodegradable dustbin bags, shopping bags, garment wraps, magazine covers, cutlery for restaurants and courier bags for e-commerce companies.

Use of compostable carry bags is constantly in the news:

A loan of Rs 1.15 crore is being provided by the Central Government to startups to produce compostable carry bags. Compostable carry bags are rapidly replacing single use plastic (SUP).

Know what is a compostable carry bag?

Compostable carry bag means a bag which becomes easily biodegradable and turns into compost after going into the soil. Indian startups use a core blend of thermoplastic-starch (TPS)-glycerin as their primary raw material for factory production of compostable carry bags.

The thermoplastic may prove useful only after modifying the core mixture of starch to provide greater strength in compostable carry bags.

Compostable carry bags also have the amazing ability to be molded into any shape after using the material as the main material. Compostable carry bags have played an important role in banning the use of regular plastics.

Major benefits of using compostable carry bags –

Compostable carry bags get converted directly into compost without causing any adverse impact on the environment.

The cost of production of compostable carry bags is estimated to be less than Rs 150/- per kg, unlike single use plastics which are currently being used despite restrictions.

In terms of good sturdy quality, safety and retention too, compostable carry bags have proven the use of regular plastic wrong.

To stop the increasing use of single-use plastic in every region of India, various rules and laws are being brought by the state governments. Researchers at Indian Institutes of Technology are also working to promote the use of compostable carry bags as an alternative to single-use plastic.

IIT experts are producing compostable carry bags by mixing protein, cellulose and starch, which are going to be made available in the markets at the same price as common plastic polythene. If a compostable carry bag is thrown as waste, it will automatically become biodegradable within three-four months.

Continuous testing and research is also being done by IIT’s Expert Compostable Carry Bag at the Central Institute of Petrochemical Engineering and Technology, Chennai. Based on the test report, a target has been set to start production of compostable carry bags on a large scale.

Production of Compostable Carry Bag The original natural elements go into the decomposition process by modifying them with the help of bacteria present in the environment, becoming compostable carry bag. The production and use of compostable carry bags does not cause any harm to the environment and the use of compostable carry bags does not leave any toxic residue. The process of compostable carry bags becoming biodegradable usually takes about 90 days.

During the composting process, carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds and biomass are also completely released due to biological processes.

Compostable carry bags can also be called biodegradable majorly, because unlike compostable carry bags, not all biodegradable products are called compostable as all other products take more than 90 days to decompose. 

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