Demand rises for biodegradable bag

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(BSS) The demand of newly invented biodegradable ‘Sonali bag’ is increasing both in locally and internationally. The bag is very famous now a days as alternative to harmful polythene bag.

Bangladesh was the first country to ban plastic or polythene bags, which severely pollutes water and environment, in 2002. Considering the threats of the polythene bags, about 61 countries, according to officials of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC).

They said more than 100 domestic and international buyers already showed their interest to buy biodegradable polymer bags from Bangladesh.

“Every day I receive calls of buyers from many countries where they show interest to procure the jute polymer bags,” said Dr Mubarak Ahmad Khan, team leader of Sonali Bag project and scientific adviser of BJMC.

He said UK-based Greenpeace, Melbourne City Council, Miyama International Co Ltd of Japan, Paris-based Europa Multitrading, Access Printing Solutions of West Virginia, the USA and Canada based Synergy Globe Inc. have already shown interest to buy Sonali bags.

“We export jute products. Before that we sent samples of Sonali bags to buyers from USA, the UK and Mexico. It has a huge demand around the world,” director of export firm Eco Bangla Jute Limited Sabuj Hossain told BSS.

He said that his firm can export 10 million pieces of bag per month. And to produce jute-made bag commercially, the government signed an agreement with a United Kingdom firm.

In addition, the government approved Taka 10 crore for Sonali Bag project’s to run further research on commercial production.