Eco-friendly carry bags are set to replace plastic bags in Kancheepuram, with the temple town’s municipal commissioner A Sardar launching them at an event recently.
He said that the municipal authorities were inspired by a report in The Times of India on the launch of the bags in Coimbatore. “That prompted us to approach the private company which manufactured the bags. We requested them to launch it here too,” he said.
J Dinesh, a representative of the manufacturer Regeno Ventures, said the company created the bags after extensive research. The founder of the company is an engineering graduate who underwent training in Germany to make the bags, he said.
The bags are biodegradable and biocompostable and can be recycled with paper. Though they look like plastic bags, they contain no polyolefins and, instead, are made from vegetable starch and other natural extracts, with maize, tapioca and vegetable oil being the base materials, he said.
The USP of the bags is that they can be dissolved in water at a high temperature, said Dinesh. Also, cattle can feed on the bags without any damage to their internal organs, he said. The next launch will be in Puducherry, he said, adding that the company is also in talks with the Greater Chennai Corporation to introduce the bags in the city. A kilogram of the bags would contain up to 160, with the number depending on their size and thickness.
Leading hotels, supermarkets and some small bakery units have taken samples from the company’s representatives. The bags, which are slightly more expensive than plastic ones, will be available to members of the public in the town by the middle of this month. The company is planning to sell one tonne of the bags in each district of the state, Dinesh added.