Using a banana's chemical composition to produce a raw material that can replace plastic in producing consumer packaging. Adding Ethylene to the raw material will initiate the decomposition process similar to a banana's.
We are researching the use of a banana’s chemical composition to produce a biodegradable raw material that can be used as a substitute for plastic in manufacturing small sachets, coffee cups plastic lids, drinking straws, bottle caps, etc.
Biodegradable raw material from a banana's chemical composition to replace plastic in consumer packaging.
Company / Organization Name
We are planning to form a C Corporation in the future.
Where are you / your team located?
We are located in Austin, Texas in the United States.
How does this Idea redesign unrecyclable small format plastic items that often end up as waste?
The idea is to produce a biodegradable raw material made out the same chemical composition as a banana which will naturally decompose. The raw material can then be used to manufacture coffee cup lids, drinking straws, sachets, bottle caps, and any other items that are currently made out of plastic that often end up as waste.
Which use cases does your Idea apply to?
By focusing on the production of a biodegradable raw material to replace plastic, the idea applies to all three use cases: sachet, bottle caps, coffee cup lids and drinking straws.
In what geographical context or area does your Idea plan to operate / solve?
We can implement the idea globally.
How do you envision scaling up your Idea?
The idea can be easily scaled since a banana’s chemical composition can be easily produced, and the resulting raw material can be applied to the majority of manufacturing facilities.
At what stage of development is your Idea?
Research & Early Testing: You are exploring an idea, gathering inspiration and information needed to test it with real users.
Please describe how becoming a Top Idea and working with the Think Beyond Plastics Accelerator Program will help to accelerate your solution.
Becoming a Top Idea and getting the opportunity to work with the New Plastics Economy Accelerator Program will allow us to contact and collaborate with major universities’ science departments to formulate the right composition to produce the raw material.
Please describe from where your Idea emerged
The idea emerged from observing the decomposition process of a banana peel then researching its chemical composition while noting the compound initiating and sustaining the decomposition process.
Tell us about your work experience
I have been an Information Technology professional for over 25 years.
Please describe your legal and organizational structure
We will be forming a C corporation in the near future.