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A portfolio of products replacing single use plastic items. The first one developed is a bamboo straw: 100%biodegradable
The intention is to set up a production line with Bamboo in an island of the Indian Ocean (Rodrigues). In fact, the island is rich in this natural resource that is currently considered as waste being an invasive plant (SDG9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15). Currently over 150k plastic straws are ending up in the Ocean every year, due to high coconut water consumption at the market. This is adding up to the catastrophe of water contamination by micro plastic. Bamboo straws are 100% biodegradable, compostable and reusable. They can be disposed by placing them directly in the compost bin. Bamboo is a plant that consumes less water than any other plants. Bamboo absorbs carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than an equivalent stand of hardwood trees, it does not require pesticides or insecticides, and it is one of the most renewable plant resources in the world. Once hardwood forests are clear-cut to provide fertiliser and space for growing crops, erosion inevitably occurs as the topsoil and nutrients are washed away by rainfall in the island. The eroded soil then clogs rivers and streams and affects the lives of people and animals living downstream. Bamboo roots remain in place after harvesting by preventing erosion and retaining nutrients and vital moisture for the next crop. Bamboo can grow in arid regions, from low wetlands to higher elevations in the mountains; thus, the high complementarity with the hilly and mountainous geography of the island. Care-Co is a small NGO with limited funding and resources that aims to give people with disabilities a vastly improved life and a place in the society via sustainable development work that benefit the entire community too. People with disabilities are given training, employment and support with full remuneration and all the conditions of work laid down by Government regulations (SDG1, 4, 8, 10). The transport impact of bamboo is minimised by donating to climateneutral, a UN carbon neutral platform for impact zero.