KAWANISHI, Japan, March 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Recently, destroying ecology and the environment, plastic pollution is getting severe in the world and the microplastic problem in the marine environment is becoming a devastating issue. At the moment, it is said that over 150 million tons of plastic garbage exists in the ocean. As of the year 2010, 8 million tons of plastic garbage flowed into the ocean and in 2015 it was at 9.1 million tons and it keeps increasing.
It is predicted that the amount of plastic garbage may become 850 - 950 million tons by 2050 whereas the amount of fish will be 812 - 899 million tons, so that amount of garbage will be more than that of fish in the world. There are some scientific reports that these microplastics are already in our human body which comes from our surrounding environment. Therefore, plastic recycling, reduction of plastic usage itself, and biodegradable plastic usage and development, have been intensively attempted and carried out.
In this regard, Dr. Ryohei Mori at Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd. so far has been selling nano cellulose composite material with various type of biodegradable plastic, starch based biodegradable plastic etc. This time, they have made cutlery samples such as spoon, knife, forks etc. by injection molding with their nano cellulose + PLA (polylactic acid) composite material. They will keep developing, aiming for mass production and planning to supply cutlery samples soon in the near future.
Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd. named this cutlery products as brand name "Nano Sakura" by combining "nano" from nano cellulose, and representative Japanese flower as "Sakura." They will further challenge to make shopping bag, straw, food box, food tray, various type of plastic containers, various type of plastic products, with their biodegradable materials. They are also looking for business partners in the world who can together make those products with their advanced biodegradable materials.