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Plates made from biodegradable scraps grow edible plants

Posted On: May 19, 2021   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Plates made from biodegradable scraps grow edible plants

Summary List Placement A company in Colombia is making eco-friendly plates out of the tops of old pineapples.
And just like a pineapple top you can plant in your backyard, the plates made by Lifepack contain seeds that can sprout in soil.
The plates are Lifepack's latest effort to reduce plastic waste worldwide. The 12-year-old company also makes sandwich containers and coffee cup sleeves that contain seeds from edible plants like cilantro, amaranth, and strawberry.
"We are using agricultural residues that people were just throwing away, and we are transforming them into useful products," Lifepack cofounder Claudia Barona told Business Insider Today. "That's where we make a difference."
On a busy day, workers at the Lifepack factory in Cali can churn out 10,000 eco-friendly plates. The company sources its pineapple crowns from a nearby processing plant, whose owners don't charge Lifepack for the crowns.
"We are trying to promote the creation of circular economies," said Gloria Estela Ramirez, manager of the...

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