Company turns avocado pits into completely biodegradable plastic

A Mexican company is changing the way we look at avocado. More than a shake, guacamole or a salad, avocado is now contributing to making biodegradable plastic.

The company, Biofase, has been manufacturing biodegradable cutlery and straws made out of avocado seeds.  

Image by Biofase via Facebook page

The founder, Scott Mungía, was still a chemical engineering student when he was motivated to look for a reliable source for biodegradable plastic.

Munguia figured out how to extract a molecular compound from a pit to obtain a biopolymer that could be molded into any shape.

“Our family of biodegradable resins can be processed by all conventional methods of plastic molding,” Biofase’s website stated.

Image by Biofase via Facebook page

The bioplastic products Biofase manufactured using Munguia technology decompose after 240 days of being exposed to the elements or buried in the ground, while their fossil fuel-based counterparts can take more than 100 years.

Munguia’s technology might be one of the answers to the growing garbage crisis across the globe. Today, the operation goes through 15 metric tons of avocado seeds a day to make the items.

“The whole world is changing—people are starting to ask for this,” Munguia said.

Here in the Philippines, we have also made efforts to ban the use of plastics. Cities in the Metro like Makati, Quezon City, Pasig, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, and Pasay have already said no to plastics. More and more cities across the country have also made resolutions to follow suit.

Last year,  lawmakers have vowed to push for the single-use plastic ban law. Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri explained that we currently don’t have a law but only city ordinances prohibiting the use of plastics. He said, “We will push for it. We don’t have a national law, only ordinances done by cities and municipalities.”