Biofase develops biopolymers from avocado pits

Mexico-based Biofase has developed a process to create environmentally-friendly disposable utensils in response to the alarming plastic pollution. The company makes biodegradable, sustainable and affordable forks, spoons, knives, and even straws from leftover avocado pits.

Biofase’s products contain 60% avocado biopolymer and 40% synthetic organic compounds.

The company’s patented process uses technology to transform the avocado pits into a bioplastic resin  that can withstand heat. The result comes in the form of a sheet that can be molded and cut, and needs no special recycling. Biofase’s straws and cutlery degrade naturally in just 240 days and can be composted at home reports

Since Mexico grows so many avocados to be eaten the pits are readily available in Biofase’s home territory, lowering their carbon footprint. Biofase converts approximately 130 tons of avocado seeds a month at three locations into forks, knives, spoons, and straws. They currently ship products across Mexico, Europe, and Australia, where they are primarily used in restaurants.

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