Conversion of agricultural waste fibers into biodegradable food packaging
High prodution of banana, Cassava and other agricultural wastes.
Buying of banana wastes, Cassava wastes and other agricultural wastes from farmers to produce bioplastics for food packaging.
Hya Bioplastics creates bio-based and 100% home compostable food packaging that provides a cost competitive alternative to petroleum-based plastics. They use Cassava starch and pulped fibers from banana pseudo stem as a key raw materials to make a range of food packaging including fruit and vegetable trays, takeaway food boxes and disposable plates. Hya Bioplastics are actively working on patenting this technology within Africa and licensing it as an additional revenue stream.
The business model is that they pay farmers for their undervalued banana pseudo-stem waste, providing them a valuable additional source of income. Moreover, they provide an alternative market for abundant commodities; Cassava is an undervalued, drought-resistant and widely grown crop in Africa. Cassava is a crop that is grown in 40 of the 53 African countries and it sells at half the price of alternative starches like cornstarch. They are offering additional markets for an abundant crop to prevent the losses farmers are currently making.
Market deployment considerations
High costs in relation to research & development.
Regulation and production certification. Moreover, availability of raw material could also be a handicap sometimes.
Sourcing of banana stem waste from farms to our processing centers. This would require setting up the processing centers as close to the waste as possible.
Large scale sourcing of high quality and consistent Cassava starch is a challenge.
banana leaves banana pseudo stems cassava starch corn stover potato peelings
Type of process
biodegradable bags biodegradable food packaging
Community, manually powered scale. Community
Technology Readiness Level