Around 90,00 pieces of micro plastic are being consumed by human beings every year.
A homegrown company in the UAE has launched a line-up of starch-based organic alternative products that are soluble in water to replace single-use plastic.
UAE-based MyEarth has developed the eco-friendly alternative that helps reduce all plastic waste even from the production process, said an official.
Manoj Kumar, CEO of MyEarth, said: "Each and every individual bears the responsibility to change what we seek. As an increasing number of countries are banning single-use plastics, the search for a viable alternative has started. Cloth and paper-based products are currently being advocated as close alternatives, but they lack the universal application of plastic products. Plus, their production costs are much higher, and so is their environmental impact."
The starch-based product line, including shopping bags, garbage bags, landscaping sheets, straws, boxes among others, looks and feels the same as plastic but the change is on the environmental impact.
The material is biodegradable and compostable. Further, since it is soluble in water, it won't cause choking of water streams or present any hazard to the marine life.
"To combat the plastic bags pollution menace many countries have introduced Biodegradable plastics, which eventually result into a bigger problem. These products further break down into micro-plastics, thus inadvertently getting into the food chain and consumed by humans and animals. According to a National Geographic research, humans might be consuming around 90,000 pieces of micro plastics each year. This is leading to severe environmental issues and many health hazards in humans, animals and marine life," said Kumar.
He said the company will focus on large scale production and distribution as the production facility in the UAE will commence in the near future. "With production costs being just slightly above single-use plastics, it's the most affordable option out of all other plastic alternatives," Kumar added.