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Avocado Pits Are The Material of the Moment for Sustainable Single-Use Cutlery and Straws

By Sophie Hirsh

When it comes to using utensils or straws, the most eco-friendly option is typically a reusable one. But for situations when a single-use version is needed, luckily, there are plenty of fairly sustainable options on the market these days. One brand making waves in the eco-friendly disposables sphere (a bit of an oxymoron, I know) is Biofase. The Mexico-based company constructs its single-use cutlery and straws out of bioplastics made from discarded avocado pits, making Biofase's manufacturing process fairly closed-loop.

Biofase is getting a lot of attention at the moment, even though entrepreneur Scott Munguia actually founded the brand back in 2013. As he told Forbes in 2015, he came up with the idea for Biofase when he was a chemical engineering student in 2012. After seeing a photo of the corn molecule that companies were using to create bioplastic, he realized that avocado seed molecules might be another great alternative for the bioplastic industry.

Biofase claims that its forks, knives, spoons, and straws have a lower carbon footprint than any other comparable material — even paper. "The carbon footprint is much less than other plastics and bioplastics, including paper," Biofase's website reads. "This is largely due to a phenomenon called bonus of biogenic carbon, which explains that the Avocado tree, when growing, absorbs CO2 of the atmosphere to form its tissues. This phenomenon does not occur in the production of any plastic derived of the oil."