100,000 polythene free bags for UK market
The logo of the biodegradable and compostable bags.
The first consignment of 100,000 biodegradable and compostable bags,
manufactured by a local industrialist, Plastic Pakaging (Pvt) Ltd will
be exported to the United Kingdom on May 27.
Plastic Pakaging (Pvt) Ltd, Managing Director Mervyn Dias said these
bags are 100 per cent polythene free and manufactured from a
biodegradable resin, specially imported from a USA based industry in
Experiments on the resin, carried out by the manufacturer have
revealed that these bags which are environment friendly do not perish
after being discarded.
The bags degrade fast and do not pollute the environment.
Dias also demonstrated the manufacturing process of these
biodegradable and compostable bags at his factory at Sri Dharmarama
“According to the buyer in the UK, these bags which are 17x17 in size
and light weight are used to put garbage and waste, by local
environmental bodies, households and city cleaners”.
He said unlike other normal polythene bags (Silisili bags), currently
used by Sri Lankan households, no stench emanates from whatever contents
that are inside these compostable bags, since moisture does not remain
in the bag and it disappears within seconds.
In addition to the UK market, he has also received orders from Malta
and expects to export the products to other countries too in the future.
Asked whether he had any plans to supply the product for local
consumption, he said he expects orders from local buyers too.
Dias also said that at present 45 workers are employed in his factory
at Ratmalana and hopes to expand the business by recruiting more workers
in the future.