Ingenious Mexican Company Turns Avocado Seeds into Biodegradable Straws and Cutlery

Today, many eco-friendly companies are creating products that will help stop the single-use plastic problem. These innovations include a portable, metal straw, a “living seawall,” and, thanks to Mexican company Biofase, biodegradable utensils made entirely out of avocado seeds.

Using pits predominantly leftover from guacamole and oil manufacturers, Biofase creates forks, spoons, knives, and straws. Like disposable plastic tools, these utensils are durable and suitable for hot and cold contents. What sets these pieces apart, however, is that they don't end up in a landfill. Instead, they biodegrade after 240 days.

This endeavor is perfectly suited for Mexico-based Biofase, as the country currently produces half of the world's avocado supply. This means that tons of avocado seeds end up being thrown away, and, eventually, burned at landfill sites. By turning them into utensils, Biofase keeps both pits and plastic out of the trash.

Developing this technology took Biofase founder and director Scott Mungía two years. Now, he and his 14 employees are producing 130 tons of this “avoplast” each month and are gearing up to expand by November.

If you want to purchase your own avocado-based utensils, stop by the Biofase shop. Here, you'll find their range of products, perfect for “restaurants, hotels, coffee shops, schools, and any other place that wants to join the biodegradable revolution.”

Biofase has found an ingenious way to recycle discarded avocado pits. The Mexican company turns them into eco-friendly utensils.

 

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The straws and cutlery are 100% biodegradable.

 

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This makes them an awesome alternative to single-use plastics.

 

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.

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