" How can we pack it in an environmentally friendly way?"
The package problem has been constantly discussed from the past. The sale of plastic bags and the use of shopping basket, which started from the idea of reducing disposable shopping bags, led to the ban on the use of disposable plastic bags, which began in April this year. Found on the coast of Costa Rica in 2015, the straw stuck in the sea turtle's nose was shocking to many people, from a large franchise café to small cafes they started using paper straw instead of plastic straws.
Despite the changes in government and company, however, the use of plastic bags is still widespread in traditional markets. When I visited the traditional market, I bought Susu Bukumi. And it was packed one by one in transparent plastic bag, placed in a styrofoam tray, and then piled up again in a black plastic bag. I was grateful to the merchant's mindfulness not to make the bukumi stick together. However, the idea of solving the problem in a way that does not destroy the environment has been circulating throughout my head.
In the past, the eco bag boom was intended to reduce the use of disposable plastic bags. However, the intention became a fashion trend simply categorizing it as a cloth bag. Recently, Korean researchers have developed a 100% biodegradable plastic bag. It is based on PBS, a polymer material made by polymerizing biomass and petroleum by-product based monomers extracted from sugarcane, corn, trees and rice straw. It is said to be well decomposed in soil and water even though it is stronger than conventional PBS.
Regulation of the government, use of eco bags, development of new materials, which one is the right answer? I think I can find this answer in tradition. Even though we develop a new material that can be decomposed rapidly, the bags would still be used only once and discarded. Our traditional crepe can be used in various forms and functions depending on how one material is used. By studying this crepe wrapping method in various ways, we can reduce the continuous production and disposal of bags.