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EVOWARE’s edible and biodegradable sachets and wraps directly made from seaweed as main material

Replacing the conventional small-format plastic packaging with Edible grade and Biodegradable grade made of sustainable material (seaweed)

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Background

Indonesia is the world’s second biggest plastic waste contributor into the ocean. As much as 90% of plastic waste goes to the ocean. Plastic waste turns into nano & micro plastic and it is then mistaken by sea animals as food. More than 1 million sea animals die every year because of plastic waste. More than 25% of the fish sold in the market is  contaminated by plastics. On the other hand, Indonesia is blessed with a lot of natural resources, including seaweed that unfortunately can’t be absorbed fully by the market. To solve both problems, Evoware provides a solution to create innovations that can contribute to end plastic waste issue, with seaweed as the main material.

Our Innovation and Raw Material

Bioplastic is now an emerging material available in the marketplace. The big three biomaterials are poly lactic acid, poly hydroxyl butyrate, and starch. What we propose is an edible bioplastic, made from nutritious material without involving any chemical. It is good not only for us, but also for plants as fertilizer.

We designed two types of edible bioplastic as substitutes for small-format plastic packaging and metalized- laminated sachets: 

  1. Single layer seaweed-based edible sachet for dry food products
  2. Dammar-coated seaweed-based edible sachet for liquid and semisolid food products

The patents have been granted and those are scalable (IDP000038531 and IDP000044135)

Why seaweed?

  • Nutritious, safe, has no allergy risk, and halal,
  • Abundantly available throughout the year,
  • The agriculture is easy and it only needs 45 days to cultivate,
  • Its waste can be used as fertilizers for plantations,
  • It can only grow in healthy environments, so seaweed farmers will actively participate in maintaining the cleanliness of the seashore,
  • Compared to the bioplastic from land crops, such as cassava or corn, the   sustainability, quality and scalability of seaweed-based edible bioplastic is better,
  • Indonesia has thousands of islands that have not been utilized to cultivate seaweed, so the raw material availability is secured,

The products are made directly from seaweed without /converting it into carrageenan, so it does not use chemicals nor possess any harmful effect.

Why dammar?

  • Dammar is a non-timber forest product and Indonesia’s forest has more than 500 species of dammar
  • Indonesia dammar is GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and has been used as a food stabilizer, especially as an oil-weighting agent
  • Dammar-coated seaweed edible sachet can inhibit bacteria growth in the food
  • Utilizing dammar will improve the value and demand of dammar. Therefore, residents living near dammar agro-forests will actively prevent illegal logging and deforestation


                                                                                                                               Our Potential Applications

The potential applications are to solve the existing small-format plastic packaging that’s too light or worthless to be recycled: 

  1. Sachets for dry food products such as but not limited to coffee, creamer, sugar, cereal, salt, pepper, and seasonings in instant noodles. Those products come with either single or metallized-laminates plastic packaging in the small formats. Based on the survey from Asia Food Journal, these conventional packaging aren’t convenient and may cause stressful feelings when the end consumers are in hurry.
  2. For liquid and semisolid food products, such as, but not limited to, sauces and seasoning oil in instant noodles.
  3. Food wraps comprising burger/sandwich and rice wraps. It is produced as a thin sheet to substitute plastic-laminated paper in which the plastic too light (its plastic is only about 20% (or 0.32 gram) from the whole paper)
  4. There are other potential applications of seaweed-based edible bioplastic. Not only for food products, but also for other small-format packaging, such as soap, shampoo, toothpick, straw, sanitary napkin, etc. Using our seaweed-based edible bioplastic could eliminate the usage of silicone paper in sanitary napkins could be eliminated

The edible and biodegradebale bioplastics are printable and heat-sealable. Those can be customized to have a specific taste, color and brand logo.

The Stakeholders 

All stakeholders will benefit from the products:

  1. The demand of seaweed and dammar will increase, so the farmer’s income will increase and the bad credit percentage will decrease. It means that livelihood of farmers will be better.
  2. The edible bioplastic manufacturers will recruit employees and give a promising career. If the unemployment percentage decreases, the criminal rate will also decrease.
  3. The respective businesses in various industries, such as instant noodle and cereal manufacturers, hotels, airlines, and the like, do not need to pay for disposal and recycling cost.
  4. The consumers can prepare their meals and drinks faster and obtain more nutrients from those instant products.
  5. There will be no undegradable small format packaging in soil and oceans that endangers the ecosystem and animals there.

Therefore, it is a human-centered solution to fulfill consumer desires as well as to prevent the earth from further pollution-caused damage.

Target Market – Countries 

In the early stage, we will start to target Indonesia’s small food and related industries as our first customers. Then target the global market, considering the fact that our products can solve major global issues since 70% of plastic waste comes from food and beverage packaging.

Why Indonesia?

  • With a large population of 250 million, Indonesia is the world’s second biggest plastic waste contributor into the ocean after China, according to the publication of Jenna Jambeck in Science Journal. Indonesia is estimated to mismanage 3.2 million tons of plastic waste annually
  • More than 25% of seafood in the Indonesian markets is contaminated by plastic
  • The consumption of small format packaging in Indonesia, such as instant noodle seasoning, cereals, coffee and the complements, condiments, and wrap for fast food is very high.         

*Market size of instant noodles 2016: (Global: USD 23.9bn, Indonesia: USD 2.3bn) and Market size of fast food 2016: (Global: USD320bn, Indonesia: USD1.5bn).

For the details, please refer our attachment (Evoware Company Profile & Business Plan)

Idea Title

Ecolution for your future

Company / Organization Name

EVOWARE is a social enterprise that produces sustainable products from sustainable materials

Website

www.evoware.id

Where are you / your team located?

Jakarta, Indonesia

How does this Idea redesign unrecyclable small format plastic items that often end up as waste?

Our redesign concept is to focus on adding the packaging function as nutritious food without changing the taste & quality of the food. We have two grades: BIODEGRADABLE AND EDIBLE. They are directly made from seaweed and contain no hazardous chemicals. The process is mild and uses less water than the common seaweed processing industries. When disposed in land, it will be natural fertilizer for plants and decompose in 2 months. The shelf life is up to 2 years without using preservation.

Which use cases does your Idea apply to?

This idea supports Use Case 1 for dry, semisolid, and liquid products, such as food condiment, cereal, coffee, and sauce. Our edible small sachet solves the problem at the root as it’s safe to be consumed, very convenient and biodegradable (if you don’t want to consume it). It doesn’t create waste yet gives health benefits and can be used as fertilizer for plants. It is designed to cut the mess from the usage to the waste management.

In what geographical context or area does your Idea plan to operate / solve?

In the early stage, our facility will be in Indonesia because of its high potential market and high mismanaged waste. Considering the fact that the products can solve major global issues, we are optimistic to fulfill the demands of other countries.

How do you envision scaling up your Idea?

Evoware uses Online approaches (social media, informative and interactive website, and online marketplace) & Offline approaches (master dealers, sole agents, distributors, resellers, direct sales and co-sales with other products). We are willing to share our technology with others by patent royalty or transferring technology. When we can reach large scale production, the impact and productivity will be more scalable The top challenges and the solution refer below.

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Piloting: You have started to implement your solution as a whole with a first set of real users. You may have started to develop a business model for your idea, including identifying key customer segments, relevant partnerships, go-to-market strategy, and draft financials.
  • Full-scale roll-out: You have developed a pilot, tested, and analyzed the impact of that pilot as it pertains to the problem scope. You are ready to expand the pilot significantly and begin to scale.

Please describe how becoming a Top Idea and working with the Think Beyond Plastics Accelerator Program will help to accelerate your solution.

Goals: become an impactful edible bioplastics manufacturer with scalable production capacity

Steps after the Program:
1. network to global partners: businesses, NGOs, government, etc to make our goal happens
2. Improve production facilities to be able to achieve the food safety and ISO standards,
3. Regulation and permits, such as FDA approval depending on the countries that we want
 to target,
4. Working capital for purchasing seaweed per container for cost effieiency

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

I often wake up late and do not have enough time for breakfast. I wished that I did not need to open the cereal sachet, so I could put the sachet in my drinking bottle and drank it when I was on the way to school. My high curiosity led me to take our chemistry program in the university. To make the long story short, I have committed to focus my research on bioplastic with many achievements/awards in the sectors, and will strive to improve the characteristics of bioplastic to wider applications.

Tell us about your work experience

I’m Chemist and Food Scientist with passion in developing bioplastic. I received several grants and award on bioplastic. I have published my research in scientific journals.

Please describe your legal and organizational structure

PT Evogaia Karya Indonesia is an Indonesian private company legal entity founded in April 2016. For the full team profile, please refer to attachment

Please describe, in detail, your business model and how you intend to test and iterate this model.

Refer to above. for detail business model. The top challenges are Price (solution: approach our product as a food which gives added value and solved if we can go to large scale), product storage for edible packaging (solution: can use dammar coating which is also edible. and we can work together with container providers, such as go-box to make our business/consumers easier) and education about edible packaging (transparent about our food safety production standards and key strengths)

Please explain how your innovation will work within, potentially improve, and provide benefit to the plastics system.

Our solution is better than other existing bioplastics in term of raw material and finished goods (see pic below) .
1) oxodegradable plastic, which is made of 98% conventional plastic and up to 2% oxidator. The plastic causes small pieces of plastic, evenmore micro- and nanoplastics and can be inhaled by soil and sea animals.
2) biodegradable plastics derived from starch (such as corn, cassava) will cause land and food crisis and takes long time to grows (cannot use the same land area).

Please describe, in depth, how your solution will reduce the overall environmental footprint of packaging.

Main Solution: 1. we absorb green house gas when the farmers cultivate the seaweed as our raw material; 2. Substituting non-biodegradable packaging materials; 3. mutual partnership with industries whose packaging are small-format plastic and metallized film; 4.education through event activation.
Other solutions: 1. green building for our factory and office. 2. convenient dormitory for our employees and using solar panel; 3. Use physical and bioremediation treatments in our water treatment

Please outline how your design, material, and delivery choices will influence price, and how you intend to address the price increase that may result from this solution.

We divide our business stage in 3 scales based on daily capacity and price: 1)small (100 sheets) with price USD41cent; 2) medium (15,000 sheets) with price USD15cent, and 3) large (280,000 sheets). with price USD5cent. Our default size for edible bioplastic is 10x13 square inch, but it can be customized upon request. The price is more competitive in the large scale. In our small scale, we will approach our product as food (for edible grade), use co-branding strategy such as with soap company

Please explain how your solution will impact user behavior, and what design considerations you've included to ensure easy and intuitive interactions with your Idea. 

Our products will be successful in the marketplace if the target business are willing to change the conventional packaging with our bioplastic and the end-users accept the products packaged in our edible bioplastic (see 3 examples of user experience above). For business, we will use closed food container for edible products and open to cooperate with container providers to make the business easier and they can just choose the dammar coating one since it is resistance to water

Please describe how you intend to use the prize funding, if selected as a Top Idea. Be specific.

1. Machinery to make the product more competitive in price,
2. Improve production facilities to be able to achieve the food safety and ISO standards,
3. Regulation and permits
4.Working capital for purchasing seaweed per container/bulk

Attachments (1)

Evoware Company Profile & Business Plan.pdf

Details contain company background, social enterprise model, business plan, our social impact measurement and the team profile

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Photo of Marisa_A
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Hey Noryawati Mulyono . I saw your company or you at the SGEFF last night on the panel and saw your product close up. I wanted to speak to you but I had to rush off. Are you still in Singapore? If you are free would love to have a chat about your sachets for our idea which is also based on this platform. Pls get in touch with me.

Photo of Noryawati Mulyono
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Hi Marisa,

Thank you for attending the SGEFF last night. And yes I am still in singapore but I will fly back tonight at 10pm.
I am free until 6pm, please let me know what time and where you would like to meet?
Thank you :)

Photo of Noryawati Mulyono
Team

Hi Marisa,
I will be in Singapore next month on the 2nd, we can meet and talk about how we could collaborate if you are free.

Thank you

Photo of Marisa_A
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Hi Noryawati, I'm so sorry I missed this message! I have only just logged back in here and seen it!
Let me know if and when you might be back in Singapore. Wld love to hear more about how it's going and learn more about your product.

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Can this idea be taken further? Because seaweed is an edible vegetable, could not these properties be included in the demand for the food being contained. In other words, the food product being provided and used should be supplemented by instructions about how to cook or otherwise prepare as food THE CONTAINER ITSELF!

Photo of David Chester
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There are a number of questions about this bright idea of using self-disintegrating containers to replace today's plastics ones.
1. How can its degradable properties be started? A food package that sits on a shelf for a long time before it becomes unusable should not have its container disintegrate until it is either opened or thrown away.
2. What is the cost of these kinds of self-disintegrating containers compared to more regular plastics that are currently in use? Is it economically sensible (apart from the natural sensibility) for a company to change to these self-disintegrating plastics.
3. Is it worthwhile for countries which have no seaweed directly available to import it instead of using the alternative (less costly?) petroleum sources?

Photo of Donnell Koh
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Hi Noryawati,

I am a Chemistry Teacher and business owner and I chanced upon this site. A great job you are doing here. Just checking if you could be keen to explore some avenues of collaboration to create more awareness. I am in Singapore and I can see a lot of potential in the product. Do contact me at donnellkoh@gmail.com.

Photo of Sami
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What an excellent idea for sustainable packaging. Given the demand for plastics, is the current supply of seaweed in Indonesia enough? And if it isn't, how will this affect its price? Will it be more expensive as the demand for seaweed also rises?

It would be great if this would be implemented with full support of the Indonesian government. At present, what political barriers do you face?

Photo of Henning
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Hi,

I am following this competition since the earlier stages. First, congratulations for your achievements so far. I believe the idea of changing the packaging industry would be a breakthrough of our current society. However, I have a questions towards your sustainability approach and the thought about the bigger scale. Seaweed seems to be the ideal natural solution for replacing plastics. How much seaweed or damar is required for the production of sachets and other packaging material. Because both are natural resources the sustainable harvesting of those natural resources is crucial. Is this adoptable to a bigger scale to replace plastic packaging material? Are plantations necessary and if, how is it possible to create plantations without grubbing existing forests and natural habitats comparable to palm oil plantations in Indonesia.
I wish you good luck for the competition.

Cheers
Henning

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Congratulations for this well-deserved prize. An amazing development from a fantastic renewable source I look forward to seeing it on the market! I would be happy to collaborate on the issues of consumer attitude to edible packaging(such as hygiene and general perception) as I think our ideas both have this in common. Let me know what is the best way to keep in touch.

Photo of Noryawati Mulyono
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Hi Irina. Thank you so much for your support. True, lets collaborate soon. Could you send email to us and we can start from there? Our email info@evoware.id. Thanks

Photo of Vanessa Sore
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Hi,

Great innovation to reduce the environmental footprint.
I understand your main initial target market is Indonesia. When would you anticipate within your business plan to extend wider scale to other countries?
Does the sachets change the overall flavour of the product? or make it look less appealing/appetising to a consumer? What ideas do you have around consumer peception of look/feel/taste and consumer demand?
In terms of mass producing, would these sachets be packaged together in regular plastic packaging? Have you given this any thought?

Cheers,
Vanessa S

Photo of Noryawati Mulyono
Team

Hi Vanessa Sore,

Thank you for your comment.
We are planning to extend wider scale to other countries mid of 2018. However, when we have enough capital, we can speed up our target.

Most people think that our product will affect the taste and odor of the product inside. However, after they try it as coffee sachet, burger wrap, instant noodle seasoning, they enjoy the experience and have no problem with the taste because it is tasteless and odorless.

Currently we have coffee manufacturer as one of partner, we also do collaboration with organic soap producer. Our product does not affect the odor of the soap itself.

 Please let us know if we can do mutual collaboration!

Photo of Ha Nguyen
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I believe your idea is very innovative as the end product has no waste outcomes. However, I have a question about the quality and taste of sachets. According to the video and pictures, I feel like sachets are like an additional flavor to foods like burgers or noodles and also sachets are made from seaweed. So I wonder how you market and bring your products to the real market since it impacts the flavor of foods and people may not easily to accept this kind of product.
I wish you well.

Photo of Noryawati Mulyono
Team

Hi Ha Nguyen,

Thank you for your comment.
Most people think that our product will affect the taste and odor of the product inside. However, after they try it as coffee sachet, burger wrap, instant noodle seasoning, they enjoy the experience and have no problem with the taste because it is tasteless and odorless.

Currently we have coffee manufacturer as one of partner, we also do collaboration with organic soap producer. Our product does not affect the odor of the soap itself.

 Please let us know if we can do mutual collaboration!

Photo of Irina Ankudinova
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Hi, EvoWare. I really like your innovation and idea and just wanted to make sure that you applied for the Circular Material Challange as well, where the material you invented seems to be a good fit - it is still open till 20 October https://newplasticseconomy.org/innovation-prize. You are most likely aware of it but just wanted to make sure. Good luck!

Photo of Noryawati Mulyono
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Many thanks Irina for your kind reminder. Let us work together to make this world a better place for all of us. Please let us know if we can do mutual collaboration!

Photo of Abey Ridwan
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This is a great innovation for Indonesian people and whole the world, we will support edible bioplastic from seaweed because we have a lot of raw materials resources in Indonesia and with this innovation create new product and new business opportunity. Do the best to be the best...

Photo of Noryawati Mulyono
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Many thanks Mr. Ridwan. Your support is highly appreciated and be the endless energy and spirit for us to serve the best. I do believe that by our collaboration, we simultaneously save the earth and improve the livelihood of seaweed farmers.

Photo of Noryawati Mulyono
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Hi Mr Abey Ridwan.... Many thanks for your fully support for us by your commitment to supply high quality seaweed. We do believe that our collaboration not only will prevent further destruction of our earth but also simultaneously will improve the livelihood of seaweed farmers and provide the simple way in food preparation. We do hope that we can continue in our fruitful collaboration and we are happy to supply you our edible bioplastic as sachet for your instant coffee and wrap for jelly. We also want to inform that one of your seaweed community member have used our products as wrap for their organic soap,

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Thank you DR Noryawati,
I have been doing seaweed business since early 2000 and focus to cottonii and spinosum with high quality to serve our buyer in many countries in the world. With your product, we can make the world better than ever. RLC members will order more and more EBP from you and team.

Photo of Radha
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Hi! I was wondering what health benefits it gives us?

Photo of Noryawati Mulyono
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Hi Radha. Many thanks for your fruitful questions. Yup, seaweed based edible bioplastic gives beneficial effect to our health. It contains dietary fiber, phosphor, iodine, and minerals. Dietary fiber is useful to facilitate the gastrointestinal tract, inhibit colon cancer, and control blood pressure, while minerals are play important role as cofactors to help the work of metabolic enzymes. Phosphor is needed in ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) synthesis. Seaweed-based edible bioplastic also contains iodine that functions for preventing goitre, birth defects in infants, and other Iodine-Deficiency Disorders.

Photo of Denny
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I really like the simplicity of the idea and how the end product has zero waste outcomes. 
I guess my question for you to consider is, if you are using the thousand of outer islands to grow seaweed, how will that impact the natural habitat of tropical fish and local fishing needs.
Another thought I have for you to consider is how you will market the end taste to the user.  Once people know the primary ingredient is seaweed there may be concerns that the seaweed could impact flavour of the product.
I wish you well.

Photo of Kate Rushton
Team

Good feedback, Denny!

Photo of Noryawati Mulyono
Team

Hi Denny, thank you for your feedback.

To answer your first question:
- There is mutualism symbiosis between seaweed and fish. seaweed is natural feed for fish and the pup of fish support the growth of seaweed. Increasingly, seaweed cultivation is also being integrated with intensive fish farming to provide nursery grounds for juvenile commercial fish and crustaceans, and to filter undesired nutrients and improve the marine environment and reduce eutrophication
-Indirectly, seaweed farming has reduced over-fishing in many regions, providing coastal communities with an alternative livelihood. In some places, women have become economically active for the first time.

And to answer the second question:
Our seaweed based edible plastic is tasteless and odorless, so it will not impact flavour of the product. Beside, we can put a flavour in the plastic if the user would love to have any flavour, we can also customize the colour and print a logo on it.

We are welcome for any collaboration to decrease the plastic waste and save the earth.
Many thanks for your fruitful comment

Photo of Noryawati Mulyono
Team

Hello Denny, how are you? I just want to inform that 2 weeks ago, we are very fortunate that we can meet Australian people from Oxfam and Deloite business consultant. They are very excited to enjoy instant coffee that is packed using our edible bioplastic. The first impression is about its simplicity in preparing coffee drink because they don't need to open up the sachet when they are waiting in line for hot water. The second impression is about its zero-waste. And the third impression is there is no off flavor in the drinks.

Photo of Kunal Khanna
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Really great idea and being a massive fan of seaweed, this is a great application.
I like your approach in using this specifically for the second layer packaging more so than the main outer layer as that may come in contact with other surfaces.
Apart from Indonesia, this also has major application in countries such as india and industries such as aviation and defence.
I was wondering is you have reached out to any potential clients for this product and what the response may have been?
Thanks and eager to see how this progresses.

Photo of Noryawati Mulyono
Team

Hello Kunal Khanna,
Sorry for our missed to reply you... Sure, we know India is a very big country and is potential to market our products. When we join Nexus summit, we get partner from Australia and Bhutan, but until now, we have no partner in India yet. If you are interested to build mutual partnership with us, let us discuss further by email. We are looking forward from you..

Photo of Karman Studios
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Hi Evoware,
Greetings from Karman Studios.
Kate Rushton suggested us to have a look at your work, as one of our shortlisted ideas is very similar to that of yours.
Must say we really like the idea and the progress you have made in this direction.
We are basically a design consultancy in India and exploring various sustainability directions to reduce the plastic waste nuisance in our country.
The tomato ketchup sachet alternative solutions we came up with, was basically to do away with the conventional plastic sachets and look for a whole new sustainable ketchup experience. Though we mentioned only ketchup in the idea phase, we do want to explore similar idea for other consumables and esp. typically Indian food taste enhancers similar to tomato ketchup.
As you have already made a good amount of research, developed expertise and made workable solutions in this direction, can we have a collaborative stand for this idea?
If we proceed in a collaborative way, we can introduce you to the big Indian market (as our country has a great consumer population) and develop not only tomato ketchup but other product solutions. We can offer a great social angle to the business model too by maybe proposing idea of unprivileged women in our Indian society to be employed in the manufacturing of this range of products and get government grants for the same as well, as presently much government drive is happening to make India cleaner and free of plastic waste.
Be it our bubble idea or the consumable stick idea we can introduce you to various Indian flavor for food enhancers and maybe create solutions for them and test it in Indian market too. If success is there, it is a huge potential market to cater and it can be a very lucrative business proposition too.
Do please let us know your views for this and if positive we can discuss more about how to go about it and how collaboratively we can contribute to make this venture workable.
Thanks,
KarmanStudios

Photo of Noryawati Mulyono
Team

Hi Karman Studio,

Yes. definitely. We are welcome for any collaboration to decrease the plastic waste and save the earth. May we know your email to further discuss about this? Or you may email us to info@evoware.id. Look forward for this.

Thanks again:)

Photo of Karman Studios
Team

Hi Noryawati Mulyono,
Thanks for replying back.. our email id is: karmanstudios@gmail.com. I will also mail you in detail about how we want to go about our idea in India at your mentioned id.
Thanks,
Karman Studios

Photo of Noryawati Mulyono
Team

Hi Karman,

Please mail us the detail and we would love to see what we can do to collaborate with you in India.

Thank you :)

Photo of Kate Rushton
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Hi Evoware!

Welcome to refinement!

Great video by the way!

Do you intend to partner with a major brand to scale the material?

How is the edible packaging meant to be eaten in cases where it might not be used to dissolve in water (e.g. sanitary napkins)?

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me by tagging me here (@ followed by my name) or send me an email - krushton@ideo.com

I just want to remind you that the deadline to complete the Refinement Questions via the online submission form is August 31 at 11:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

There is another idea in the refinement phase that you might want to check out Delta 

Photo of Noryawati Mulyono
Team

Hi Kate, thank you for your comment and kind reminder :)

1. Yes. We intend to partner up with major brand and give bigger impact for the environment and farmers. In fact, the biggest instant noodle company in Indonesia already interested to used our product, but we have not yet been able to supply their demand because lack of fund resources

2. The packaging doesn't always meant to be eaten, because it is 100% biodegredable also. Using our seaweed based bioplastic for sanitary napkin, is mean to replace the harmfull plastic packaging and also eliminate the usage of silicone paper. And it is totally safe to flush away our bioplastic in the toilet. Of course, the price of edible and biodegradable grades will be different due to production treatment of edible materials.

Thanks again for your feedback.

Photo of Kate Rushton
Team

Hi Evoware!

There are 7 days left in the refinement phase.

If there is key information in the comments on your idea submission, I recommend that you move them to the main body of your idea submission before the cut-off time.

I just want to remind you that the deadline to complete the Refinement Questions via the online submission form is August 31 at 11:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

Photo of Noryawati Mulyono
Team

Hi Kate, thanks for the reminder. We have submitted our Refinement question form. Thank you

Photo of Lauren Ito
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Hi Noryawati Mulyono 

As Refinement Phase quickly comes to a close in 8 hours, I want to remind you that the following must be submitted by tonight, August 31st at 11:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

1. Submit the Refinement Questions Form online that was sent again via email yesterday evening--we have not yet received this from you. These questions are mandatory for Top Ideas consideration, so this should be your first priority in the final stretch.

2. A secondary priority, which is optional, is to update your Refinement Phase post. However, Refinement Questions should take priority!

Looking forward to reviewing and celebrating the amazing work you've achieved this Refinement Phase!

Photo of Noryawati Mulyono
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Hi Lauren, thanks for the reminder. We have submitted our Refinement question form. Please kindly confirm this. Thank you

Photo of Cristina Faulkner
Team

Your ideas are powerful because the material you are inventing has so many great uses!
Good luck-
Cristina Saggese

Photo of Noryawati Mulyono
Team

Many thanks Cristina... This idea will give positive impact to our environment only when it becomes real. Let us build mutual partnership to make it real...

Photo of Cristina Faulkner
Team

Me again- Just read the thought from the Post-Landfill Action Network about the potential challenge of trying to use edible wrapping due to the hygiene problem. Is is still a problem to "double bag it"? The inside wrap is actually eaten and the outer is disposed. Even if it is not eaten, it is still biodegradable and a much better alternative to plastic, wax paper and other wraps currently in use.

Photo of Tessa Sugito
Team

Yayyyyyy! So great knowing your progress, keep up the great work!

Photo of Noryawati Mulyono
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Many thanks Ms. Tessa Sugito.. Let us take part to save our earth...

Photo of Sirod Rasoma
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Proud of you, David. I hope you and Ecoware more successful in the future... gogogo!

Photo of Noryawati Mulyono
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Many thanks Sirod Rasoma.... Let us work together to decrease the plastic waste to save our earth for our grandchildren...

Photo of Irina Ankudinova
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I think the seaweed is a great source of inspiration and I am impressed with your product. I was wondering if the material dissolves in water how can it hold liquid condiments - I see there is a coating you are planning to use - but would counting then stop product from dissolving?

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Many thanks Ms Ankudinova for your fruitful question. We do a coating using hydrophobic material that protect the seaweed thin film from direct contact with the liquid. Fortunately, some years ago, I won research grant from some private sectors to do the research for developing water resistant bioplastic. We have used food (chili sauce, soy sauce, fresh shrimp, oyster, cattlefish, comminuted beef) and nonfood (shampoo, liquid soap, and body lotion) as our tested samples. We have been successful to create not only water resistant bioplastic but also active bioplastic because the coating has antimicrobial activity against pathogenic and putrefactive bacteria. We do hope by joining Circular Design Challenge, we can make this idea real and enter the marketplace. Many thanks Ms. Ankudinova

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This is a great idea and terrific use of seaweed as well. One potential hurdle I have noticed when exploring the idea of edible plastics is users perception of sanitation. Users may feel uncomfortable eating the packaging since it may come in contact with many unknown surfaces and people before ending up with the user. What are some ways you could ensure sanitation and convince users that the packaging is safe to consume?

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Many thanks for your fruitful comment. Yup, we agree about the product hygiene. Therefore, we implement food safety management system in our manufacturer and we treat it as food. This edible bioplastic is intended to replace conventional packaging which are used as inner packaging, for example: small sachets of condiments in instant noodle. It will not only decrease the small-format plastic waste but also provide instant noodle with more convenient way to prepare and consume. Meanwhile, for burger/ rice wrap, it is also more convenient for end users yet causes zero-waste. We are open for collaboration with any party or industry, including you, to give positive contribution in decreasing the plastic waste. Many thanks