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Single-use sachet with added seed

Turn the single-use sachet into useful object making them portable seeding. Just a little drop of glue to joint a seed on the sachet.

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At the same time as the single-use sachets came to us as the solution of various problems such as reducing food waste or better packaging a product, greater ease of acquisition and transportation, have also brought us the greatest loss of all: the accumulation of non-recyclable material in the environment. The idea of Plantable Sachet came from the concern with the huge amount of packaging that is dispensed in the environment and not recycled, either because it is made from non-recyclable materials or because it is not economically interesting for recycling.

Plantable Sachet adds value to the conventional sachet as it has seeds glued to its exterior to be planted in various places by its users. The idea of partitioned products is so ingrained in our day-to-day life that it will hardly be extinguished, while its commercial value for recycling is also unlikely to increase spontaneously. In this way, from the moment we make the sachet used in something useful, much of this material that would be dispensed in the trash or in the environment can be directed to a place where it will be used.

Various types of seeds can be added to sachets, allowing users to set up their own private gardens, choosing which types of seeds they would like to take home, and even those sachets dispensed in the environment and not collected have a chance to turn a tree or plant.

The intention to keep the same material used today in the sachets and to add value to it is due to the high cost we still have in the seed papers, which in any case would require a seal that would be aggressive to the environment to continue to fulfill its functions.

The Plantable Sachet, in addition to reducing the amount of waste, encourage planting, agriculture and reforestation. The seeds used could be from vegetables, flowers, fruits and even trees in extinction or risk of extinction in each region.

Idea Title

Plantable Sachet


Where are you / your team located?

Brazil - São Paulo - SP

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

This idea turns a small plastic waste format into something useful, desired, commented on the internet and even bought at department stores.

Which use cases does your Idea apply to?

This idea applies to case 01

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

The idea of Plantable Sachet can be applied worldwide, since they are consumed by all social classes and types of people, and the problem of excess waste concerns us all.

How do you envision scaling up your Idea?

First we will propose an exclusive contract with the big companies that pack their products in a partitioned way (food and hygiene). In a second moment, we will go in search of smaller companies that commercialize products in this same way. The biggest obstacle is changing the mindset of people who have not yet realized that nothing is rubbish, everything can be reused in some way.

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.
  • Prototyping: You have conducted some small tests or experiments with prospective users and will continue developing idea through these tests.

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

The New Plastics Economy Accelerator Program will help in implementing the project as it validates the idea and makes it known to its contacts, co-sponsors and others involved who are able to adhere to the Plantable Sachet idea and make it known worldwide.

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

This idea started from my eternal dissatisfaction with the misuse of disposable products or products with low usability. I often seek solutions to contribute to the preservation of the environment and the circular economy.

Tell us about your work experience

I have worked in some of the most prestigious design studios in Brazil developing graphic design, product design, logistic design, furniture and objects design, handicraft work with recycling material

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