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GREENHOPE HIGHLIGHTS


GreenHope won the 2017 Flourish Prize for Goal 12—Sustainable Consumption & Production

Presented by: Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever

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doing well while doing good


DOING WELL WHILE DOING GOOD

doing well while doing good


DOING WELL WHILE DOING GOOD

Plastic is one of the best modern human inventions over the past 100 years, bringing unparalleled benefits to humankind.  However, given its durability and longevity, plastic waste becomes a huge challenge for a greener, better world.


THE BENEFITS:

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Plastic has the best functionalities – lightweight (save energy to transport), preserve food freshness, waterproof, flexible, printable

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Compared to paper, steel, Plastic takes less energy to produce, therefore very economical and scalable

Plastic is enhancing our lives everywhere – from our food packaging, low cost airlines, medical devices, diapers, shopping bags, polyester shirts, bottles, etc.


THE CHALLENGES:

When Plastic becomes waste, its durability becomes a problem – it takes Plastic 500 to 1000 years to naturally degrade

In its natural degradation process, plastic physically fragments to become dangerous micro plastic

Human behavior and bad waste management cause up to 8mn tons plastic / yr “leak” into the ocean

 
 
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GREENHOPE SEEKS TO USHER THE NEXT GENERATION OF PLASTICS THROUGH Degradable & plant-based technology


 

GREENHOPE SEEKS TO USHER THE NEXT GENERATION OF PLASTICS THAT SOLVES THE WASTE ISSUES, THROUGH DEGRADABLE TECHNOLOGY AS WELL AS NEW PLASTIC SOURCE SUCH AS CASSAVA

 

GREENHOPE SEEKS TO USHER THE NEXT GENERATION OF PLASTICS THROUGH Degradable & plant-based technology


 

GREENHOPE SEEKS TO USHER THE NEXT GENERATION OF PLASTICS THAT SOLVES THE WASTE ISSUES, THROUGH DEGRADABLE TECHNOLOGY AS WELL AS NEW PLASTIC SOURCE SUCH AS CASSAVA

 

For real impact to be widespread and sustainable, Greenhope believes that any solutions to address the above problem needs to achieve four things:

  1. Effective and reliable in its technological claims and functional, bringing clear environmental benefits

  2. Economical, therefore can be adapted by vast majority of the market as oppose to expensive, niche product affordable by select few

  3. Scalable, can be produced efficiently at scale, even better utilizing existing equipment

  4. Contextual, suitable for the local socio-cultural, behavior, income level, land area, of the country and people

Greenhope’s two main technologies, oxo-biodegradable additive Oxium and cassava-based Ecoplas that biodegrades achieve just that.  Adding Oxium to various Plastic products will speed up the Plastic’s molecular and chemical degradation (not physical fragmentation causing microplastic) by cutting off its long hydro carbon chains allowing microbes to eat and biodegrade it.  Products made of Ecoplas will biodegrade, photodegrade, and oxodegrade simultaneously once thrown out.   

Both technologies have been widely tested, scrutinized, highlighted, locally and internationally such as World Economic Forum, Institute of Marketecology Switzerland (IMO), Southeast Asia and Germany’s certification labs, and many others.

Greenhope seeks like-minded partners, plastic producers, brand owners, NGOs, government agencies, to collaborate and apply our technologies to together solve the Plastic waste challenge.  We believe working together is the only way to achieve our common objective. 


Less ego, more eco 


The making of Ecoplas - cassava-based plastic, an “earth friendly plastic” that is 100% biodegradable and renewable (bio-based) from tapioca.


WHY DEGRADABLE SOLUTIONS?

3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) is good and we actively support it, however it is not enough because it does not deal with Plastic’s end-of-life.  We need the 4th R: Return to Earth, to really return plastic naturally back to earth and holistically close the life cycle loop

 
 
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REDUCE

We all need to use only what we need. Education, advocacy, incentives as well as disincentives (e.g. paid plastic shopping bags) to achieve this can be implemented.

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reuse

Product design, education, should encourage Reuse as much as possible. For example in Indonesia, the thin plastic shopping bags are heavily reused as garbage can liner, to the point that the thicker garbage liner plastic that is prevalent in developed countries do not exist.


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recycle

It is critical to continue improve plastic recycling rate, we all should do our best here. However, we need to also recognize there are real technical (e.g. multi-layer laminated plastic packaging) and economical (e.g. bulky polystyrene as well as other low value items are hard to collect economically) limitations.  Plastic is also generally cannot be recycled forever (it downgrades).

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return to earth

After allowing for all 3R above, the degradable technology then will degrade the Plastic at chemical and molecular levels – cutting off its long hydrocarbon chains (not physical fragmentation!), allowing microbes to consume it and help reduce accumulation at the landfill. It will degrade the plastic within 2-5 years, much better than natural 500-1000 years.


 

oUR sOLUTIONS

 

 
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Foundation


WE ARE HONORED TO BE PART OF THESE AMAZING MOVEMENTS, TOGETHER CHANGING THE WORLD TO BE A BETTER PLACE

Foundation


WE ARE HONORED TO BE PART OF THESE AMAZING MOVEMENTS, TOGETHER CHANGING THE WORLD TO BE A BETTER PLACE

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Recognition and Certifications


recognition & CERTiFICATIONS

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Recognition and Certifications


recognition & CERTiFICATIONS

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