Morelia, Michoacán-based Biofase has come up with biodegradable cutlery and straws that are made out from avocado seeds/pits. The reason that this is so significant is that avocado seeds typically equate to huge industrial waste. In the past, using food stock to create biodegradable products has been frowned upon, as there are people still starving in the world. But with discarded avocado seeds, which are essentially considered a waste product, it’s a win-win for sustainability.
Not only that, but the large masses of spent avocado seeds means that the producing the biodegradable cutlery and straws can be competitively priced to sell. What is especially interesting about all of this is that the process was not discovered by a large company with limitless resources. Instead it was researched and brought to market by a chemical engineering student by the name of Scott Mungía.
NowScience has the whole story on Biofase and its bid to alter the mindset of those who feel that these types of eco products are not yet feasible, practical, or important.