‘Going Green Does Matter’ so goes the tagline of Pappco Greenware, a company based in Mumbai, that holds the wellbeing of our planet close to its heart and is involved in the manufacture of fully compostable food containers and the like, using only plant based raw materials.
Pappco Greenware wants to help Indians march towards a greener India by providing green alternatives for essential food related products that we commonly use in our daily lives and businesses. The extremely environment friendly disposable and fully biodegradable range created by Pappco Greenware is not only vast but also elegant in its look.
It encapsulates items like plates, cups, bowls, cutlery, containers, skewers and picks. This range is a great substitute for Styrofoam products that are totally non biodegradable or some other so called biodegradable products which are effectively not.
Pappco Greenware was started by Anil Agarwal and his son Aadesh Agarwal in the year 2011 in Mumbai and was the first company to venture into the category of eco friendly disposable food containers. It is still one of the largest selling brands in this category with a retail presence in almost 300 stores across the country and covering 8 major cities. The raw materials used to create these very green products are sugarcane, bamboo and cornstarch which are all biodegradable and of which most are also compostable.
Pappco Greenware’s range is a direct sustainable alternative to food containers and cutlery made out of plastic or some other cheap, harmful and environmentally damaging material.
As information grows on the dangers of using plastics as food packaging, people these days are opting more and more for products that are not only biodegradable but also fully chemical free. Plastics come in many varieties and often in lower grades like PP, PS and LDPE, which can contaminate your food by leaking chemicals into it.
A very shocking and alarming fact is that an average user tends to use a disposable package for no more than 3 minutes before discarding it but it remains as waste for another 400 – 1000 years before it can even begin to break down!
Pappco Greenware’s range biodegrades in just 3-6 months, which is a significantly huge difference when compared to the biodegradability cycle of plastic and other man-made materials. Also it is important to note that both bamboo and sugarcane, which are the raw materials used by Pappco Greenware, are not trees but plants that have a 12-15 months cycle.
Thus there is no stress on ecology like in the case of when trees are chopped to create other paper based disposables. Additionally, only the waste left from the cultivation of bamboo and sugarcane is used to make these products; which makes them really sustainable to source, use and dispose.
In just a span of 4 years Pappco Greenware has expanded their range from 9 products to 85 products today. “Our goal is to grow this line further and become a one stop solution for the sourcing of packaging material for all food processing industries,” say the owners of the company.
“We are still only a team of about 15 people running the entire show and thanks to bootstrapping, we have been able to push this brand forward.”
Pappco Greenware’s products can be conveniently bought from chain stores such as Reliance Retail stores, Future Group outlets, Tata-Tesco’s Trent Hypermarkets and Godrej’s Nature’s Basket outlets.
Previously involved in manufacturing equipment for the Indian railways and other textile businesses, Pappco Greenware’s parent company has made the manufacture of fully disposable earth friendly items its sole occupation now. “We are extremely bullish on the growth of our business as our clients and customers are consistently continuing to use our products time and again,” they conclude.
Text Compiled By Mala Bajaj