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    Greener Earth

      1-1-2017
     

    Greener Earth

    Greener Earth

    Numerous cafe and restauran in Bali have started using Avani products.

    Greener Earth

    Greener Earth

    Cassava bags, biodegradable rain ponchos, straws and bowls are among the eco-friendly products by Avani.

    Greener Earth

    Greener Earth

    Greener Earth

    Greener Earth
    Numerous cafe and restauran in Bali have started using Avani products.

    Greener Earth

    Greener Earth
    Cassava bags, biodegradable rain ponchos, straws and bowls are among the eco-friendly products by Avani.

    Greener Earth

    Greener Earth

    Giving back to mother nature? Let’s set that as one of our 2017 goals! We can start by switching our daily use of plastic to eco-friendly products by Avani...

    With the rise of global warming and political issues, as well as people’s lack of acknowledgement of how polluted our world is, it is the best time to find a solution to make the world become a better place to live in again. If this sounds too much for you, then let’s think of one of the simplest solutions: reducing our daily use of plastic. But how can we possibly do that? As every time we go to a supermarket or a shopping mall, or even when we try to cover our trash bin, at least one plastic bag is involved. As much as the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ campaign is spreading all over the world, it looks like only less than half of the world’s population actually applies those three actions in their daily lives.

    Now what if I told you that there is another solution to reducing plastic? We can replace it, as suggested by Kevin Kumala and Daniel Rosenqvist, the founders of Avani, a social enterprise in Indonesia that focuses on replacing plastics with eco-friendly and biodegradable non-plastic products. Their concern about how much plastic is used in a day and how it affects the island’s trash situation made them decide to stand up and create Avani.

    The Eco Warriors
    To be fair, one of the easiest ways we can protect the environment is to use less plastic and use more eco friendly products, like what Kevin and Daniel have done. The idea came to them unexpectedly – they once hung out together in Bali during the rainy season, and they both noticed that every single motorbike rider was wearing a poncho. But what they noticed most was the fact that the ponchos were all made out of plastic. A deeper thought then came to their minds: where will those ponchos go when the riders are not using them anymore? Their deeper curiosity then led them to question of where does all the trash and plastic go after people throw it in a bin? Of course, the answer is that it’s taken to the dump.

    Doing more research, they found out that Bali has a dump in Serangan, which is now home to 14-story high mountain of trash. If you are as shocked as we are to know that fact, that means you are still as sane as us, and by this time we should have been more aware about this pathetic issue, just like Kevin and Daniel. From their concern, the two created Avani in 2014, a social enterprise that focuses on making a greener world. Their first project was creating ecofriendly ponchos made out of corn, soy and sunfl ower.

    How is it even possible? With intense research and high technology support of course. And by using plant-based ingredients, these ponchos have become their first biodegradable product, which means if the poncho is discarded, it will become compost in 90 days. So even if we throw it on the ground, it will not go to the trash mountain in Serangan, it will naturally decompose instead. With this, Avani has succesfully contributed to our greener earth. And they didn’t stop there.

    The Green Inspiration
    Now Avani has created more and more biodegradable products such as paper straws, soup bowls, cutlery, take away coffee cups, and of course shopping bags! They have introduced their products to notable hotels, beach clubs, restaurants, cafes and even local media. And guess what? To name a few, renowned restaurants and hotels like Potato Head Beach Club, Alila Seminyak and the vegan cafe Peloton all use their products such as the take-away food packaging, wooden cutlery, and coffee cups. The take-away food packaging for example is made out of sugarcane fiber that when discarded will become water, carbon dioxide and biomass after 180 days. The coffee cups and lids are made of corn starch, while the cutlery is made of wood that is grown in properly managed forests. All is thoughtfully created to reduce plastic waste. They have successfully become an influencer for those notables places to use Avani’s products in their business. And that has led them to believe that many people will support their mission to make the world greener.

    Truth to be told, Kevin and Daniel did not expect such enthusiasm in the first place, and so the full support they have received has made their green spirit feistier. So now they have created a biodegradable cassava bag (made of cassava starch) for companies, based on request. Their effort has become viral and contagious, so from small family-owned businesses to big companies, many have joined Avani in replacing plastic products with eco-friendly alternatives. So why don’t we show some love to Mother Nature and make Avani our inspiration?

     
    By Suhartina Sindukusumo


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