Global Waste Management: Plates made from pineapple scraps


At Lifepack, plates are made from the crowns of pineapples. They are shredded and then mixed with some recycled paper. Afterwards, the sheets are left under the sun to dry. A machine presses the sheets in form. If these disposable plates end up in a place with soil and water, tiny seeds inside will blossom in a few days.
They are not just making a biodegradable or a compostable plate, they have created a plate that generates life. On a busy day workers at Lifepack can turn out ten thousand eco-friendly plates. They are using agricultural residue that was not in use and people were just throwing them away. Their work is really making a great difference and is a leading example in sustainable development.
In addition to plates the company also makes sandwich containers and coffee cup sleeves that contain seeds from edible plants like cilantro and strawberry. By working with local suppliers, Lifepack caps its own carbon footprint. They do not chop down trees to make their products, and that is a key part of their business. For every ton of product that they make, they save about 16 trees. It sources pineapple waste from a nearby processing plant. The plant’s owners are generous and charge nothing for the pineapple crowns. They are happy that someone is willing to turn their waste into a resource. They are trying to promote the creation of circular economies. And when it comes to pineapple crowns, it could not be in better hands than Lifepack. It is doing a wonderful job.
Lifepack was founded by a couple who have been awarded various business awards. Every time they saw gatherings in homes, parties or picnics in parks, they noticed that people polluted a lot using traditional products made from plastic or styrofoam. Like all other countries, Columbia is also trying to reduce its plastic waste. In the year 2017, it introduced a tax on single use plastic which increases every year.
When they started Lifepack, people told them that it was crazy to establish such a company. Everybody wanted to use the cheapest products. The like pack plates retail at about two and a half dollars per dozen. That’s double the price of plastic plates from a store. Despite the price gap, it has been able to capitalize on growing demand for sustainable packaging which has increased by 40% since the company started. Three large supermarket chains sell these plates.


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