Plastic packaging dissolves in warm water after just 30 minutes

The environmental problem with plastic waste is that it takes hundreds of years to decompose. A new startup in Vietnam called PVA PRO has invented a type of plastic packaging that can decompose after just 30 – 60 minutes in warm water conditions (70 degrees Celsius).

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PVA PRO products are made from the compound Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), a material often used to produce laundry detergent film, medicine film…

PVA PRO has improved PVA material so that it is thin, transparent, and only dissolves quickly in hot water. Of course, they can completely decompose in cold water but it takes longer, up to six months. If unfortunately, this type of packaging falls into rivers, lakes, and oceans, it can decompose into CO2 and biomass to make food for animals.

The product is described as ensuring the toughness of regular plastic, can be used for a variety of purposes, does not create microplastics, and does not endanger animals and natural ecosystems. PVA PRO’s packaging products are used for textiles and fashion, and are expected to be used in other fields such as retail and fast-moving consumer goods. However, they should not be used to store food, because moisture from food will damage the bag.

According to research, this company was established in 2021, headquartered in the city. Ho Chi Minh City and has just successfully raised capital of nearly 1 million USD from the ITI Innovative Startup Investment Fund (ITI Fund).

According to Môi trường & Đô thị

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