SoluBag

Action against plastic bags is increasing worldwide, often taking the form of bans on certain  plastic products. Founded in Chile, SoluBag introduces a new way of reducing plastic waste by creating plastic bags from water soluble materials that dissolve in five seconds* rather than thousands of years. SoluBag is working to make the earth a cleaner place.


The Problem

Some studies have estimated that the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050. Despite global attention being drawn to this issue, we have produced more plastic waste in the past decade than in the past century, with 8 million tons of plastic entering the ocean each year. “Biodegradable” or “green” plastics have emerged in recent years, with manufacturers promising that such products will biodegrade over time; however, many of these products require additional waste infrastructure to be processed, which causes even further issues in small island developing states.


The Solution

SoluBag addresses this challenge by creating an eco-friendly and revolutionary  material that degrades in seconds. The plastic-like material dissolves both in saltwater and freshwater and does not leave any residue in water. The material is firm, flexible, reusable, elastic and soluble in water. It works as a normal consumer product, from shopping bags to bubble wrap in packaging, and can dissolve in under 5 minutes in hot water when no longer needed. The SoluBag Company holds a worldwide patent and quality certification such as SGS Certificate and Biodegradability certificate.


How it Works

The SoluBag material is made from non-toxic components, consisting of a synthesis of calcium carbide and natural gas. The components are so harmless that the bag itself can be dissolved, drank, or even eaten by humans or animals without causing any health issues. The production of SoluBag is part of the uniqueness of the invention: it can be manufactured on machinery that would otherwise be used to produce plastic films, thus making it simple for producers to switch to creating and distributing a more sustainable material. Users don’t have to worry about it dissolving in the rain on a walk home from the grocery store–the material performs exactly like a traditional plastic bag, and will only dissolve if immersed in water above a certain temperature, or else left in cool water for several days. Solubility is calibrated and set by water temperature, i.e.hotter the water, the faster it dissolves.

For the millions of plastic bags that end up in the ocean, SoluBag is a perfect solution: whether ingested accidentally by passing turtles or left to drift on the ocean currents, the bag will dissolve into its environment and leave no lasting harmful footprint.

 


Goals

The SoluBag company aspires to eliminate single-use plastic bags and partner with more industries, including large firms like Amazon and Walmart who use plastic packaging widely in their products and shipping. Beyond just the plastic bag, SoluBag aspires to eliminate all plastic packaging we often overlook in our day-to-day lives: from doggy bags to snack wrappers to vegetable produce bags, plastic shopping bags are only the beginning of the global issue of our plastic crisis. SoluBag is currently in search of single-use products, reusable fabric bags, and rigid products on the market to transform them into soluble products. Additionally, it hopes to be part of a larger research effort to understand how to make more products biodegradable in any type of environment, rather than requiring specific machinery to compost typical “green” plastic products.


Impacts to Date

  • Partnered with over 30 companies such as Google
  • Active in more than 10 countries around the world
  • Featured in over 1000 stories and articles in the media

Products

  • Fabric Soluble bag such as car trash bag, backpack bag, and delivery bag
  • Film bags
  • Medical Accessories such as gloves, shoe covers, and face masks
  • Detergents
  • Pet Bags
  • Cutlery
  • Straw

See more products at: https://solubag.cl/


Challenges

It takes grit and determination to take on the plastic industry, a multi-billion dollar collection of corporations devoted to continued production and consumption of petroleum-based plastic products that are destroying our environment in ways we as consumers rarely understand. As described by SoluBag co-founder, Cristian Olivares, the global push to increase recycling is likely to fail at solving the plastic crises: not only does recycling require a major change in consumer behavior, recent studies have also found that less than 8% of plastic waste put in recycling bins is actually processed and recycled in countries like the United States. SoluBag eliminates the need for both consumer behavior change and recycling infrastructure that will take decades to change–years that we simply do not have in tackling the pollution crisis in our oceans. While it is easy to produce SoluBag on traditional machinery, the company is in search of the human capital to build out its team of environmental warriors: SoluBag is currently raising US $18 million for the company’s production, inventory and human resource needs to recruit more people. In order to achieve economies of scale, it will continue expanding with companies like Walmart and Amazon, and hopes to replace the plastic packaging found in these products for good.


What's Next

Founded in 2014 in Chile, SoluBag has recently established its office in the United States, hoping to expand into the U.S. market and then turn its attention abroad. It looks forward to partnering with more companies such as Amazon and Walmart to supply consumers with sustainable plastic products while keeping plastic waste from entering the oceans. For this to be executed, it hopes to have a well-structured organisation with a team of experts. Kevin Harrington from Shark Tank has joined the team as an advisor and shareholder, as well as Pharmapacks, one of the largest third party online resellers.  Moreover, it aspires to raise more funds to train people into the business. SoluBag continues to introduce traditionally single-use plastic products, from feminine hygiene products to laundry detergents, into the market for global consumption.


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