SROS to Develop Biodegradable Plastic Bags

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14 June 2019, Apia Samoa. The Cabinet Development Committee, (CDC) has endorsed an initiative by the Scientific Research Organization of Samoa (SROS) to explore the possibility of developing bio degradable polymers.

The project will explore the production of plastic bags that consist of material produced from renewable raw materials such as biobased polymers that can be produced from invasive creeping plants for example.

SROS CEO Dr. Seuseu Joseph Tauati said that the initiative is to support Samoa’s ban on the use of single-use plastic bags.

He noted that the projects’ target includes the reduction of plastic waste reliance in the country and prevent imported plastics entering the environment and destroying our natural assets.

“There is a need to promote waste management pathways by producing an alternative form of biodegradable plastic using agricultural waste;

“And through the project, Samoa stands to benefit,” says the SROS Chief Executive Officer.

“Bio-polymer is more environmentally friendly compared to the singled-used plastic bag;

“The polymers plastic brand can be produced from organic wastes, which are available locally from various sources such as banana and cocoa crops as well as invasive creeping plants threatening agriculture production,” explains Seuseu.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi with the CDC blessings has instructed the Ministry of Finance to facilitate the request by securing funding for the project to become a reality.

“The proposed project is a great reflection of Samoa’s ingenuity in researching ways and options which are environmentally sound for our country and contributes to the security and well-being of our people,” says the Prime Minister.

“I urge the Ministry of Finance with the assistance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to work with SROS to secure funding for this project.”