Prague, Aug 6 (CTK) – Frusack, a durable and washable bio bag manufactured from a unique fabric that is compostable, invented by two Czech students, will be placed on the market in September, Eliska Polackova has told CTK on behalf of authors of the project.
Each Czech consumes 400 plastic bags annually. They are among the least sorted types of plastic waste.
Within a crowd-funding campaign, the authors collected money to start the mass production in a mere three days, Polackova said.
The plastic bag, mainly to be used for fruit and vegetables, is called Frusack, Polackova said.
Two years ago, medicine students Hana Nemcova and Tereza Dvorakova came up with an alternative to one-use bags in order to tackle the problem with a growing one-use waste.
In the future, they want to deal with environment-friendly projects for food purchase and storage.
Last year, they unveiled their Frusack at the show Prague Design Week.
The bag can fully decompose in the wild, while its qualities are the same as in those manufactured from the usual plastic materials.
The bio plastic is made of corn starch or cellulose and the bags are coloured with natural, harmless dyes. Besides, people can choose colour combinations according to their liking.
The latest bag is manufactured with the same machines as the usual ones, but the process is 65 percent less energy-demanding.
The authors of the project say the bag with the volume of five litres can carry up to 1.5 kilogrammes, can be washed and outlast up to two years.
The authors are planning to enter the European and global markets, cooperating with food chains that support local production.
The European Commission would like to considerably curb the amount of plastic bags per person by 2025.
At present, 13-25 million tonnes of plastic waste are being produced in Europe annually, while a mere 25 percent of them are recycled.