5,000 biodegradable bags donated to Chamundi Hill Temple
Mysore/Mysore: In an effort to reduce single-use plastic, the Defense Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) launched eco-friendly packaging products made from eco-friendly natural and plant-based food grade materials.
To popularize and create awareness about these bags, the DFRL has handed over 5,000 of these bags to the Sri Chamundeshwari temple on top of Chamundi hill and the temple authorities are using them to distribute prasadam.
The temple’s chief executive, NS Yathiraj Sampathkumaran, told Star of Mysore this morning that the prasadam bags will be branded with both DFRL and the Chamundeshwari temple,
Made of naturally available poly lactic acid, the bags are easily soluble in soil and are capable of carrying objects weighing up to 5 kg. In appearance, the bags look like any other plastic bag, but they have a special character and they melt completely within 180 days. It is a similar technology that has been used to make lunch plates, spoons and food packets.
According to DFRL scientists, unlike conventional polythene bags made from petrochemicals, which are very hazardous to the environment and take years to degrade, these bags are the most durable, cost-effective and cost-effective alternative. safer for the oceans than single-use plastics.
A team of 15 scientists led by Dr. Jansi George, Dr. M. Paul Murugan and Dr. Vasudevan had been researching eco-friendly plastic bags for five years and this team developed the product.
The team developed the product after achieving the perfect formulation through rigorous testing. The strength and biodegradability factors have been tested and the product has become the most sustainable alternative to plastic, DFRL sources added.
Temple Chief Executive Yathiraj said DFRL donated 5,000 bags for free to Chamundeshwari Temple and it was the best alternative to plastic and even cloth. While a cloth bag costs around Rs.10 to Rs.15, eco-friendly bags will only cost Rs.2.
“We will see people’s response and then decide whether to buy these bags in bulk for prasadam distribution. Every month we need 10,000 to 15,000 bags and the demand increases during festival season and Dasara It can be mentioned here that the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) which runs the Tirupati Venkateshwara Swamy Temple has approved the distribution of these bags and action will be taken to distribute these bags to the Srikanteshwara Swamy Temple in Nanjangud and at the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangapatna.In addition, the DFRL will provide materials to industries to manufacture the product, sources said.