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Biodegradable Cassava Packaging

Universal Biopack (UBPack) is a Thai company that utilises biodegradable starch based material that can decompose in water.

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I was reading and inspired by the innovative ideas posted by others such as soluble packaging for plastic products or edible cutlery that I decided to search for a possible alternative to a product that I love and consume on a daily basis -- takeaway drinks. 

I found a Thai based company called Universal Bio Pack (UBPack) that uses cassava starch and bamboo fibres (recycled waste from manufacturing chopsticks) in order to create a packaging that is soluble in water in 7 days or can be used for composting when the product is discarded. This technology can be used in multiple ways as its polymer cellular structure allows it to have insulation properties such as hot and cold resistant or hydrophilic (can be used for cosmetics). 

Source: UBPack Website

If you would like to read more about this product, it was featured on CNN Money

How does this research relate to our Use Cases?

This solution is related to Use Case #3 as this innovative packaging can be used as an alternative for takeaway drinks. The material can be dissolved in water or composted ensuring there is zero waste generated.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

This disruptive technology allows us to rethink and shape how we consume and view packaging in our daily lives. It raises awareness on the sustainable technology available that is yet to be adopted mainstream. The challenge is getting people to adopt it and see the benefits of incorporating sustainability in our lives by supporting these initiatives.

Tell us about yourself

I am currently an MBA student majoring in Strategic Management and Marketing with a keen interest in innovation and sustainability.


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Hi Yvette!
There are 3 days left in the ideas phase of the circular design challenge! It would be great to see your ideas there, submit your idea via -

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